Spokane, Washington – Commercial Fire on North Market Street
Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 10:19 pm
Spokane, Washington (March 22, 20) – A fire broke out in the Hillyard Tire building on the 5400 block of North Market Street on early Sunday morning. According to the news release from the Spokane Fire Department, no occupants were found in the search of the adjacent buildings, and no firefighters were injured in the incident. The fire was contained to the building of origin, but the structure itself is considered a total loss following the fire.
Crews from the Spokane Fire Department, with assistance from the Spokane County Fire District 9, responded to the scene around 1 a.m. The crews arrived within 4 minutes of the dispatch and found heavy fire conditions from the west and north sides of the building. Because of the heavy fire and the questionable integrity of the building, crews conducted firefighting operations from outside the structure. The incident caused Market Street to be closed for more than 12 hours for firefighting operations and the demolition of walls with collapse potential. The street was reopened around 5 p.m. when the building had been demolished and debris was cleared. The cause of the fire was not reported.
It is fortunate that no one was injured in this particular case, and the firefighters are to be commended for their response. Like any other structure, commercial buildings must be checked for fire safety. Most if not all the steps in fire safety involve securing the area of one’s business or residence. It is also important to make sure that possible combustible materials are discarded properly or at the very least kept away from buildings. They also urge owners of buildings to review fire safety and make sure that an escape plan is formulated in case of fire.
Much like fire safety in other types of buildings, there are different factors which can add or detract the risk of a fire breaking out. The structure and materials that a building is made out of should be assessed for fire safety before construction. It is also advised that all buildings should be equipped with proper fire suppression tools and detection devices such as fire alarms and smoke alarms. Taking these simple steps should help prevent or lessen the risk of fire. Like with all accidents, the effects of fire are dreadful, including property damage and loss as well as injuries or even fatalities. Fire safety is then not only consideration for one’s self, but also consideration for others.
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