Spokane firefighters may soon breath easy again after a recent round of testing determined there are no contaminants in the department’s air tanks.
The test results, announced by the city Thursday morning at a news conference, come from health consultant companies Veritox, Inc. and TRI Air Testing, which both found no traces of toxic metals in firefighter’s self-contacted breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottles.
Further testing from Veritox determined it was unlikely that firefighter personnel were exposed to contaminants in the past.
“Basically every component of the process was able to be evaluated,” said Randy Marler, president of the Spokane Firefighters Union. “And it all came up clear. There were zero contaminants in any of the air.”
A large fire damaged two homes in a West Seattle neighborhood Thursday night.
The fire broke out just after 10:00 p.m. in the back of a home in 5200 block of 36th Ave. SW and spread to a home next door.
"I just heard the neighbors screaming," said neighbor Impala Nance. "I came out to see what was happening and I saw that the back of the neighbor's house, one house down was on fire."
When firefighters arrived they saw huge flames shooting out of the roof, towards electrical lines above and called in a second alarm.
"The whole back of their house was on fire and the neighbor right next door then ran over and tried to put out the fire because it jumped over to her house," said Nance.
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Police responding to a report of a death at an Auburn motel arrived just as a fire broke out early Friday, sending guests fleeing from their rooms.
No one was injured in the blaze, and police later said the deceased victim at the motel had died of an unrelated cause before the fire - related to some kind of medical issue.
The incident began at about 5:20 a.m. as Auburn officers were responding to a report of a body at the motel in the 1200 block of Auburn Way South.
After they arrived on scene, police and medics spotted flames and smoke coming from the vicinity of one unit. Police began guests from the building as firefighters responded to the scene.
Five people, including a baby, escaped safely from an early fire that destroyed a south Richland home.
Flames started about 6 a.m. behind the house at 118 High Meadows St. off Leslie Road near the Meadow Springs Country Club.
One of the four adults living there woke up to the smell of smoke and alerted the others, said fire Capt. Josh Patterson.
The blaze spread quickly into the attic, said Richland Battalion Chief Ron Duncan. Richland firefighters spent 30 minutes getting the blaze under control but not before it burned through the roof and damaged three cars in the garage.
The American Red Cross and other agencies are working with the family to make sure they have a place to stay, Patterson said.
Firefighters are still investigating how the fire started, said Duncan.
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