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Spokane, Washington – Fire Breaks Out in Commercial Building

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Posted on January 23, 2020

Spokane, Washington (January 19, 2020) – A fire broke out in a commercial building at the intersection of East Main Avenue and North Magnolia Street on Sunday afternoon. According to the news release from the Spokane Fire Department, smoke was reported to have been coming from a metal-clad building housing an unattended coffee-roasting operation. Crews discovered the fire in a waste container in the roaster machinery via thermal imaging, and were able to extinguish the fire. The building was also ventilated for smoke removal, and the only damage reported was to the product, with the machinery and building protected through the crews’ efforts. No injuries were reported in the incident. The fire has been determined to be accidental and the cause was related to equipment malfunction.

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.