Spokane Valley Fire Department units responded to a reported commercial structure fire at an apartment at 9408 E. Montgomery Avenue at Wednesday morning, and one of the residents suffered second-degree burns.
The caller reported dark smoke coming from a neighboring apartment. Engine 2 was first on scene at 9:14 a.m., said department spokesman Darrin Coldiron. Responding crews spotted light smoke coming from an apartment and upgraded it to a working wire, which brought more resources to the scene.
Engine 2 firefighters found the resident had self-extricated from the fire and was sitting outside the apartment with second degree burns on their forehead, mouth and knees.
With Engine 2 attending to the patient, Rescue 8 personnel entered the apartment and extinguished the smoldering fire in the living room. Ladder 8 crews were tasked with ensuring that the fire had not spread to adjoining apartments, finding no fire spread.
A total of 11 apparatus, command and support vehicles responded to the initial upgrade.
Spokane Fire Department crews also responded but were canceled when the fire was extinguished.
The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation. The resident was using a home oxygen system, and it’s likely that the oxygen tubing ignited, resulting in the burns to the resident’s face and knees. The resident was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the potential volatility of home oxygen and to be extremely careful with any fire around oxygen, including use of cigarettes, Coldiron said.