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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Spokane County Fire District 4 asks voters to maintain funding rate

Spokane County Fire District 4 plans to place a levy lid lift on the ballot in August. If approved, the lift will allow the district to hire more emergency responders and replace a fire engine. According to the fire district, the Board of Fire Commissioners passed a resolution this week to bring the levy lid lift to voters. The district says that emergency calls have increased by 24 % in the past three years and that current revenues fail to cover the additional responses. In addition to hiring more emergency response and firefighting staff and replacing an engine, the levy lid lift would also fund the replacement of three vehicles used for wildfires and rural rescues. The Green Bluff fire station would also be remodeled to prepare for wildfire season according to the district. The district emphasized the importance of maintaining levy rates.
KAYU-TV FOX 28 Spokane

Burning weeds cause structure fire in Pasco, damages business building

VIDEO: A building fire caused by burning weeds at a business on Court Street in Pasco is now out, according to a press release. Pasco Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Manager Ben Shearer says the April 23 fire was reported on the 4400 block of Court Street at around 12:50 p.m. and was put out around 2 p.m. Franklin County Fire District 3, the Kennewick Fire Department and Pasco Police also responded when bushes on the outside of the building caught on fire and carried the flames into the building, according to a post from PFD. No one was inside at the time of the fire, according to PFD. Shearer says no one was injured. The fire was reportedly caused by burning weeds which spread to nearby bushes. The building, housing the W.R. Wilkins Tax Accountant business, is uninhabitable, according to Shearer.
KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Gig Harbor firefighters battle garage fire, saving chickens in the process

VIDEO: Firefighters in Gig Harbor battled a brush fire that spread to a garage and caused extensive property damage Saturday night, leading to a garage fire. At about 10 p.m., firefighters with Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One responded to reports of a fire in the 600 block of 37th Avenue NW. "I saw the glow and thought at first my neighbors were just working in the yard," said neighbor Crystal Bentley. "I quickly realized it was a fire, and it was spreading. It was scary, and I was concerned about my neighbor's house and I immediately called 911." On their way to the location, first responders told FOX 13 Seattle they received additional information about possible explosions and a shed on fire. "We heard two big booms," said neighbor Sharron Erickson. "The first one shook our house. We went out on our back portch and that’s when we saw the smoke and flames."
KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle

Deadly Spokane house fire caused by electric malfunction, ruled an accident

VIDEO: The Spokane Fire Department has determined the cause of a deadly house fire that killed two parents and left two children on life support. According to SFD, an extension cord used in place of permanent wiring was the found to be the cause of the fire on N. Howard St. Firefighters says the fire started on the house's front porch and quickly spread upstairs where the family was located. SFD notes there were no functional fire alarms in the house. The two parents killed in the fire have been identified as 40-year-old Robert Desislets and 33-year-old Arielle Desislets. The Spokane Medical Examiner has ruled Arielle's cause of death as inhalation of products of combustion and thermal injuries. Her death was ruled an accident. Robert's cause and manner of death are pending.
KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane

Fire crews to remain on scene of Lineage warehouse fire in Benton County for days

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Fire crews have been on scene of the fire at the Lineage facility for over 24 hours. The 525,000 square-foot freezer facility, located on Bowles Road just off Highway 397, housed produce items including peas and carrots, before catching fire at around 5:15 Sunday morning. According to Jenna Kochenauer, a Public Information Officer with Benton County Fire District 1, in the early hours of the fire, crews responded to the scene and found a small amount of smoke coming from inside one of the building's freezer bays. Ten employees who were inside were all able to evacuate safely. Sprinklers from the building's fire suppression system were activated, but due to the cold temperatures, made it challenging for firefighters to locate the fire when the water turned into a mist, mimicking the appearance of smoke.
KEPR-TV CBS/CW+ 19 Pasco

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