Spokane Valley Fire Department Engine 3 spotted a column of smoke while refueling their fire engine in downtown Liberty Lake last week.
The three-person crew headed south to investigate what they first thought to be a grass or wildland fire on Aug. 2.
While heading toward the smoke, calls to 9-1-1 made it apparent that a house was on fire.
More than a dozen fire engines and ladder trucks were dispatched to the 1300 South Wright block of Liberty Lake at 8:18 p.m. Valley Engine 3 was the first to arrive because of their head start. The residence was fully involved in fire upon their arrival and that indicated it was a “defensive fire,” in which the first arriving crews would be attacking the fire from the outside.
It was confirmed the single resident was able to escape without injury.
Steep terrain and dry brush conditions proved challenging for firefighters. One of the immediate priorities for arriving engines and firefighters was to make sure fire did not spread to neighboring houses and lands.
A total of 14 apparatus, command and support vehicles responded to the scene, including units from Spokane County Fire District 8, city of Spokane Fire and DNR. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents to help protect your home from fire by keeping a defensible green space, clearing away pine needles and keeping brush trimmed.