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Spokane, Washington – Fire Breaks Out in Commercial Building at Industrial Park

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Posted on November 20, 2019

Spokane, Washington (November 18, 2019) – A fire broke out at commercial building in the Spokane Industrial Park on Monday evening. According to the report sprinklers inside the building were able to contain the fire, and no injuries were reported in the incident. The affected business, PowderTech is expected to return to business after the incident.

An employee of Powdertech was able to detect the fire after smelling smoke in the building. Crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department, with support from Spokane County Fire District 9, arrived on the scene around 7 p.m. Crews spotted smoke coming the building while on Sullivan Road, but the fire itself had been contained to an area around two ovens. The origin of the fire appeared to be a pallet and metal containers on top of one of the ovens, which may have resulted in the abundance of smoke. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

About Fire

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.