Building fire and civil rescue
Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Monday, March 7, 2022 at 8:20 a.m.
Spokane, WA–At approximately 11:43 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2022, the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) responded to the area at 1700 East Queen Avenue to a report of a burning garage. First company arrived within 4 minutes and found heavy smoke and fire coming from an oversized two car detached garage. The structure was modified with additional remodeled living space and presented complex tactical challenges for firefighters.
The initial incident commander quickly identified the need for additional resources to implement tactics that could aggressively search the building while the fire was located and brought under control. As a result, the incident was classified as a work incident and additional firefighters were called to the scene.
During the initial phase of the incident, a female voice was heard calling out for help from inside the structure. Firefighters forced the door open, entered the burning structure and moved the victim to safety. Simultaneously, other companies launched a coordinated fire attack and searched the building to ensure that no other occupants remained inside. In addition, ladder companies provided coordinated roof ventilation to help with visibility and heat release for firefighting crews. The victim was located immediately with the initiation of a search and the fire was contained within ten minutes of the arrival of the SFD.
An occupant was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. She has since been released at the time of this release. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Joint Task Force of the SFD Special Investigative Unit and the Spokane Police Department.