Aging wall outlet causes fire in Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A father and daughter safely escaped a fire in their home in the Spokane Valley Monday, that started due to an aging wall outlet.

The fire broke out in the daughter's unoccupied bedroom in the 9800 block of 8th Avenue around 11:30 a.m.

The first unit to arrive on scene noticed smoke coming from an upstairs window. Fourteen units responded, and the fire was quickly extinguished before it could spread into the attic and cause further damage. The father was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

SVFD fire investigations determined the cause to be an aging wall outlet that was arcing and caught fire. The damage to the home is estimated at least $20.000. The Red Cross is assisting the family of four and their pets.

The daughter had reported a strange smell in her bedroom on Sunday. The family had searched for the source of the smell, and determined that she should stay out of the room until an electrician could check it out.

On April 29, a team of SVFD firefighters installed five smoke alarms in the home as part of a one-day “Home Fire Safety Visit” campaign conducted in the area with the with the American Red Cross. The home did not have any working smoke alarms.

SVFD reminds residents that the importance of smoke alarms cannot be overstated. Smoke alarms over 10 years old should be replaced. And smoke alarms should be placed in every bedroom and on every level of a home. SVFD residents are urged to schedule a free Home Fire Safety Visit online at www.spokanevalleyfire.com.