Fire roundup: Motorcyclist, teen bike rider hit by vehicles in Spokane Valley
The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to several calls involving brush fires, vehicles striking pedestrians and unauthorized burning by residents.
On Sept. 20, a 30-year-old man riding a motorcycle on the 5000 block of East Sprague Avenue about 5 p.m. struck a vehicle and was thrown off the motorcycle. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the man was on the ground. He was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.
A 13-year-old boy riding a bicycle was struck by a vehicle about 3 p.m. near Dishman Mica Road and 28th Avenue on Sept. 24. The driver was stopped at the intersection and struck the boy while making a right hand turn. The boy, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was thrown more than 8 feet. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the boy conscious and the bicycle underneath the car. He was transported to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Other calls Sept. 17-30
Sept 17: Crews responded to a report of a smoldering forklift at the Spokane Business and Industrial Park about 9:15 a.m. at the 3800 block of North Sullivan Road. Employees told firefighters they were working on the forklift when it caught on fire.
Firefighters extinguished the fire, but there was significant damage to the forklift.
Sept. 19: Firefighters responded to a cooking fire about 9:30 a.m. at Pho Saigon on the 11000 block of East Sprague Avenue. The fire ignited in the kitchen behind an oil fryer. A natural gas supply line had a mechanical break, causing gas to leak and a fire to ignite. There was a small explosion, which burned off leaked natural gas. No injuries were reported. Damages were estimated at $300.
Sept 21: Crews assisted the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in a domestic issue about 11:30 a.m. on the 18000 block of East Crescent Drive. A bedroom door was slammed causing the door to jam with a woman unable to get out of the room. Crews used a tool to bypass a latch and open the door. No injuries were reported.
Sept 24: Firefighters responded about 7 a.m. to a brush fire on the 15000 block of East Wellesley Avenue. When they arrived at the scene, bystanders said a man started the fire. Witnesses described the man and his vehicle and provided his license plate number to investigators, who attempted to interview the man. The investigation is ongoing.
Sept. 25: Crews responded to a vehicle fire about 7:40 p.m. on the 17000 block of East Euclid Avenue. When they arrived at the scene, they found a fully involved vehicle fire that was driven off a dead-end roadway and into brush. The fire was contained to the vehicle. Crews extinguished the fire. The driver said he recently completed a brake job, and they locked up. He attempted to release the brakes when the vehicle caught fire.
Sept 28: A woman walked into Liberty Lake Fire Station No. 3 at 21300 E. Country Vista Avenue about 11 a.m. requesting assistance with removing a ring. Fire crews used a ring cutter to remove the ring.
Sept 28: Firefighters responded to a large fire in the backyard of a home on the 100 block of North Moffat Road about 7:15 p.m. When they arrived, they also observed a small fire in a neighbor’s yard. Both residents were burning old flooring from a home. Crews instructed the residents of the burn ban and extinguished the fires.
By the numbers: The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to 636 calls from Sept. 17-30. The calls included 46 fire responses, 33 alarm system responses, 495 emergency medical service calls, one water rescue, one technical rescue, seven hazardous material calls, 47 motor vehicle collisions and six service calls.