Spokane Valley Fire Department units responded Friday last Friday in Greenacres.
Firefighters responded at 2:29 a.m. this morning to a report of a house fire in the 19000 block of East Sprague Avenue.
Neighbors called 9-1-1 to report a large fire, but were unable to see what was burning due to trees, with the home owners calling 9-1-1 soon afterwards once they were able to evacuate the home, said Scott Niebuhr, department spokesman.
Engine 3 was first on scene to a fifth-wheel recreational vehicle fully engulfed in fire spreading to a nearby garage. Firefighters deployed fire hose to begin attacking the fire and protecting the garage, with firefighters on Ladder 10 quickly arriving to pull a second hose line for fire attack.
Battalion Chief 22 assumed command of the fire and upgraded the response to a “working fire.” Engine 85 arriving via automatic aid deployed supply hose from a fire hydrant down the road to Engine 3, and after establishing Engine 3’s water supply began assisting Ladder 10 with protecting the garage from fire spread. Arriving firefighters on Engine 5 and Rescue 8 assumed roles as the backup team and rapid intervention team.
Firefighters had the majority of fire extinguished in under 20 minutes, remaining on scene for several additional hours to fully extinguish any hotspots. Homeowners were originally alerted by a loud “whoosh” noise while sleeping, and came outside to see the RV fully engulfed in fire. The RV was in the process of being rebuilt, with work being done earlier that evening.
Several propane tanks were stored in the RV and garage with the possibility of one or more tanks exploding after the fire started. Due to a rapid fire attack, firefighters were able to save the majority of the garage and prevent the fire from spreading inside the home.
The exact fire cause is under investigation. There were no reports of injuries to the homeowners, any animals, or firefighters. The home’s occupants are not expected to be displaced due to the fire being contained to the RV and garage.
A total of 11 fire trucks and command vehicles responded. Assistance was provided by Spokane County Fire District 8, Spokane Valley Police Department with traffic control, and a standby ambulance from American Medical Response.