Spokane Valley Fire Department units responded to a reported commercial structure fire at the Clocktower Apartments, 15719 E. Fourth Ave., shortly before 2 p.m. Jan. 10.
Units traveling to the fire observed a smoke plume and upgraded the incident to a working fire, bringing more firefighting resources to the scene, said Melanie Rose, SVFD spokeswoman.
Firefighters took an offensive approach, entering the first floor apartment and quickly extinguishing the fire. Units assigned to the second and third story apartments above the fire unit in the multi-unit apartment complex reported smoke but no fire extension.
A second alarm called to bring more resources to the scene was canceled.
A mother and her baby were in the first floor apartment when the clothes dryer caught fire. She tried unsuccessfully to put it out with a fire extinguisher and evacuated. A neighbor called 9-1-1 and alerted residents to evacuate. All residents safely evacuated. A
cat and boa constrictor were rescued by firefighters from the first floor unit. A second cat, fish and lizard died in the fire.
A total of 15 fire apparatus, command and support vehicles responded to the scene, including Spokane Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 8.
The specific cause of the fire is under investigation.
Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents to regularly clean lint out of clothes dryers and the surrounding area, including the vent hose. Additionally, ensure working smoke alarms are in place and test them monthly, Rose said.