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Fire roundup: Valley crews respond to call of man in river; passing boat pulls him on board

August 23, 2018

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a report of a man in the Spokane River on Aug. 6 near the Denny Ashlock Bridge.

A resident around 3 p.m. observed the man – who was not wearing a life jacket – yelling for help in the middle of the river.

The man and a friend were attempting to swim across the river, when he suddenly became exhausted and was unable to continue swimming.

As firefighters arrived on scene and were locating the man, a passing power boat pulled the man on board as he began slipping below the water. They transported him to the north side of the Spokane River. Members of the Spokane Valley Fire Department’s water rescue team met with man and evaluated his condition. He was then transported to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

A total of 10 fire apparatus responded to the scene.

Other calls Aug. 6-19

Aug 8: Firefighters responded at about 7:45 p.m. to a pedestrian accident on the 19700 block of East Sprague Avenue. When crews arrived on the scene, they found a 55-year-old woman lying on her side in the street. A witness said the woman fell out of her wheelchair while traveling down the sidewalk. The witness also said the woman had multiple drinks at a bar and was on her way home when the accident occurred. The woman was transported to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Aug 10: Fire crews responded to a report of an outside trash fire at Walmart on the 15700 block of East Broadway Avenue. Crews arrived at the scene about noon and observed two Walmart employees with a fire extinguisher standing over a trash fire. Crews confirmed the fire was extinguished and informed the on-duty fire investigator of the situation.

Aug 12: Fire crews responded to the 11100 block of East Sprague Avenue about 11:50 p.m. for a report of a Molotov cocktail thrown through a window of a single-story building. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was also on the scene and used an extinguisher to put the fire out. Fire investigators collected evidence and submitted it to a crime lab. The incident is being investigated as arson.

Aug 13: Firefighters responded to a brush fire about 100 square foot wide near the 1100 block of North Pines Road. When crews arrived at about 1:40 a.m., they observed bystanders attempting to extinguish the grass fire with garden hoses in a vacant lot. Firefighters were unable to find an ignition source of the fire.

Aug 15: Crews responded to the Pines Spring Apartments on the 3700 block of South state Route 27 for a report of a brush fire. When crews arrived about 1:45 p.m., they observed a small column of white smoke in the area and found a slow-moving brush fire. They were able to confine and then extinguish the fire. Crews from Spokane County Fire District 8 and the Department of Natural Resources were also on the scene. Several apartment tenants reported they had information on who started the fire and provided investigators with the names of three boys, who were interviewed about the fire alongside their parents.

Aug 17: Crews responded to the 11100 block of East Seventh Avenue after a report of a vehicle crash around 6 p.m. When crews arrived at the scene, one driver was trapped in a car, while a second person was walking around. Firefighters freed the trapped driver from the vehicle and transported the man – who was complaining of neck and back pain – to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

By the numbers: The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to 653 calls Aug. 6-19. The calls included 64 fire calls, 20 alarm system response calls, 514 emergency medical service response calls, one extrication, four water rescue calls, two rescue task force calls, seven hazardous material responses, 36 motor vehicle accidents and five service calls.

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