SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) officials today announced the result of the investigation into the cause of a residential fire at 10410 E. Springfield Ave that claimed the life of a three-year-old girl just after 3:00 am on January 22, 2017.
The fire originated in the southwest corner bedroom of the basement. The bedroom was occupied by three young children at the time the fire started. Two children escaped, the third was found deceased in the bedroom. Investigators carefully examined and eliminated all potential causes of the fire with the exception of a child playing with a heat source.
Fire and heat damage was limited to a portion of the basement. The entire house sustained smoke damage. The home had working smoke alarms. Two families with three adults and six children were living in the home at the time of the fire. Three children were away from the home on the night of the fire. The Red Cross is providing emergency assistance to both families.
Detectives from the Spokane Valley Police Department’s major crimes unit assisted Spokane Valley Fire Department with the investigation, which is standard procedure in any fire fatality.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents to check smoke alarms monthly and install smoke alarms in every bedroom. Bedrooms should also have two ways out in case of a fire. And, be sure to develop and practice a home fire escape plan.