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Spokane, Washington – Six People Displaced by Apartment Fire

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Posted on January 6, 2020

Spokane, Washington (January 4, 2019) – A fire broke out in an apartment on the 12000 block of East Broadway Avenue on early Saturday morning. According to The Spokesman-Review, no firefighters or residents were injured in the incident. However, one dog was reported to have died in the blaze, and six people were displaced following the incident.

Crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to the scene around 3:15 a.m., and found a fire on the third floor and its balcony upon arrival. Firefighters divided into two groups to evacuate the residents and to douse the fire, and the fire response was upgraded to call more firefighters onto the scene. The fire was put under control within forty minutes. The unit where the fire began had sustained extensive smoke and fire damage, while the apartment below had water damage. Another unit was also reported to be damaged. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

About Fire

The dangers of fire cannot be underestimated – the US Fire Administration reported that 41 home fire fatalities were reported in 2018 within Washington. Statistics from the NFPA have recorded that cooking equipment were the leading cause of home structure fires, home fire injuries, as well as being the second leading case of home fire deaths. Additionally, smoking materials are the leading case of home fire deaths, though it isn’t always the case every year. Always handle fire with wariness and see to it that fires are always extinguished after use. Remember also to assess the area where fire is going to be used and see to it that complete fire safety is practiced at all times.

Aside from cooking equipment and smoking materials, electrical causes remain to be one of the top causes for home fires according to the NFPA. Their Electrical Fire Reports to the U.S Fire Department since 2000 estimates around 45,000 to 55,000 cases of home fires being caused by electrical malfunction every year. Annual losses due to electrical fire result in 455 civilian deaths, 1, 500 civilian injuries and 1.5 billion of dollars in direct property damage. From these statistics, the risk from electrical fire is very real and should not be underestimated. As for the accidents themselves, the NFPA lists 63 percent involved wiring and related equipment, 74 percent cited some sort of electrical failure or malfunction, and wire or cable insulation was the first item ignited in 32 percent of electrical distribution or lighting equipment home structure fires. From these cases, one must always review and identify potential fire hazards and fix them to avoid damages, injuries or deaths.