Firefighters responded and quashed the first of two apartment fires within six hours on Saturday morning.
Spokane Valley Fire Department units responded around 3:15 a.m. to an apartment fire at 12623 E Broadway Ave., said Capt. Craig Warzon, SVFD spokesman.
Spokane Valley Engine 7 was the first unit on scene and found a fire on the west side of the complex with fire on the third floor balcony and apartment unit.
Spokane Valley Engine 7 crews made an aggressive exterior fire attack with a pre-connected fire hose and were able to slow the progression of the fire, while Valley Ladder 10 was assigned to search the apartment building to ensure everyone was evacuated.
The fire was quickly upgraded to a second alarm, bringing more personnel and equipment to the scene. Additional units were assigned fire attack and search for all three floors of the complex.
The fire was brought under control in approximately 40 minutes.
The third-floor fire apartment suffered extensive fire and smoke damage. The apartment directly below suffered water damage from the suppression efforts.
An additional third-floor apartment was also damaged. Red Cross responded to the scene assist three adults and three displaced by the fire.
Over 20 units responded to the scene, including automatic aid units from Spokane Fire District 8 and the Spokane Fire Department.
There were no reported injuries to firefighters or residents, Warzon said, but a dog died in the fire.
There was a fire in the same apartment unit several years prior, when different residents lived there. The fire is currently under investigation, and no cause has been determined at this time, Warzon said.
“SVFD would like to remind everybody to make sure that you have working smoke detectors,” he added.