Spokane Valley Fire Department units were dispatched Monday to deal with a basement fire.
At 3:05 p.m. this afternoon for a residential structure fire in the 13900 block of East 16th Avenue, said Scott Niebuhr.
A 911 caller reported seeing a plume of black smoke coming from a neighbor’s home with an adult and children standing in the backyard. The homeowner reported he had just briefly left to drive down the street, and returned to see smoke coming from his home around the same time the neighbor was calling 9-1-1.
Engine 7 firefighters arrived within minutes of being dispatched to heavy black smoke from the rear of the home and all occupants safely outside.
Engine 7 pulled a fire hose to the back door, and with back-up from Ladder 10 firefighters advanced down the stairs of the home to attack a working basement fire. The fire was controlled within 10 to 15 minutes of first dispatch with several other fire crews remaining on scene to assist with checking the walls for fire extension, performing a search to verify no occupants were still inside, picking up equipment, and assisting the fire investigator.
No injuries to occupants or firefighters were reported, and Red Cross was called to assist with the displaced family of two adults, two children and two dogs.
The fire cause is under investigation with extensive damage to a basement living room. A total of 12 fire department vehicles including command vehicles responded with approximately 30 firefighters and command staff. Spokane County Fire District 8 firefighters assisted as part of our automatic aid agreement, along with Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies providing traffic control.
No working smoke detectors were found inside the home. The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents how important working smoke detectors are, as this had the potential to be a much more tragic incident if it had occurred during the night. Smoke detector installation can be requested at no cost to residents of the Spokane Valley Fire Department by calling 928-1700 during normal business hours.