Spokane Valley Firefighters extinguish house fire

Spokane Valley Firefighters extinguish house fire

The Spokane Valley Fire Department knocked down a house fire in the 1100 block of N. Girard Rd. around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Units responded and discovered a fire on the back deck of the home that was extending into the eaves and attic. Crews took an offensive approach to the fire, working from the inside, outside, and from the roof to extinguish the flames.

One resident was asleep inside when the fire started, but she safely escaped after a tree pruner next door spotted the fire, called 911, and banged repeatedly on her door until she answered. The house was filling with heavy, dark smoke when she escaped. Several cats and a dog were also unharmed in the fire. Red Cross volunteers were called to assist the woman with temporary housing.

12 apparatus, command, and support vehicles responded to the scene, including Spokane Fire crews.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents to ensure smoke alarms are installed and tested monthly. Working smoke alarms save lives.