Early Morning Structure Fire – City of Spokane, Washington
Structure fire early in the morning
Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Monday, May 9, 2022 at 9:51 a.m.
At 12:02 a.m. May 7, the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) was dispatched to a structure fire reported by a security officer patrolling a row of vacant residences. The security guard reported the fire at the back of a house located in the 1900 block of Lyon Est.
The first company arrived within 4 minutes and saw heavy fire involvement at the rear of the house. Extensive litter and debris in the rear yard initially inhibited firefighting operations. The structure was vacant; however, there were still substantial materials and possessions in the previous tenants’ occupation. The amount of material present created accumulator-like conditions for fire crews. Additionally, the building was secured with plywood and padlocks, which initially slowed down firefighting operations.
Aggressive firefighting efforts resulted in a full search of the structure in a short time, and the fire was declared out at 12:25 p.m.
There were no civilians or firefighters or injuries as a result of this event. A fire watch company remained on the scene overnight to ensure the fire remained extinguished and allowed investigators to deal with the scene in daylight this morning. The cause of the fire is under active investigation by the SFD investigation unit.