Spokane Valley paint shop likely a total loss following Sunday night fire
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Smoke filled Spokane Valley skies Sunday night as flames engulfed a paint store on Sprague Avenue. An employee of Rodda Paint Co. tells KXLY4 the building is likely a total loss.
About 35 firefighters responded around 6:30 p.m. when someone driving by noticed thick smoke coming from the building.
When crews arrived, not only were they battling huge flames in the freezing cold, but they had to be extremely cautious of chemicals and toxic smoke coming from large amounts of burning paint inside the building.
Firefighters decided to move to a defensive attack, meaning crews were taken out of the building for their own safety.
“This has been a challenging fire fight for us. Due to the fire size, fire crews are operating from outside the building to have a safer approach,” said Spokane Valley firefighter Scott Niebuhr at the scene Sunday night.
Around 9:00 p.m., more than two and half hours after the fire was reported, firefighters said it was mostly under control. They remained on scene through the night to extinguish and remaining hotspots and begin investigating what caused the fire.
Rodda Paint is closed on Sundays. The business owner said no employees were inside at the time. Spokane Valley fire officials do not think anyone was injured. Firefighters used their air packs and masks to avoid inhaling the dangerous chemicals.
The damage to the building is described as “very extensive.”
Rodda Paint has been a longtime contributor to the KXLY4 Extreme Team. The company has donated paint to projects for the last several years.
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