Units from Spokane Valley Fire Department, Spokane Fire Department and Spokane Fire District 8 responded to a report of a back porch on fire at a home in the 5700 block of East 15th Avenue at 1:40 pm July 19.
The first units on the scene observed smoke coming from the rear of the small, two-story home and began an aggressive fire attack on the structure. The incident was upgraded to a working fire, bringing more resources to the scene. The fire appears to have spread from a deck behind the home into the kitchen area and up into the attic, said department officials. A large amount of interior ceiling and insulation had to be removed to make certain the fire was extinguished.
Two teenage girls and one of the girl’s mothers were in the home at the time of the fire. All three escaped safely, along with the family dog. No injuries were reported.
A total of 14 fire apparatus, command and support vehicles responded to the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents about the importance of working smoke alarms. Test smoke alarms monthly and change batteries at least twice a year (when the clocks change). Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.