Update Firefighters Battle Large Paint Business Fire


Firefighters Battle Large Paint Business Fire (Update)

Spokane Valley, Wash. – On February 17th at 6:33 pm the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded for a commercial structure fire at Rodda Paint, 6818 E Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley. The fire took approximately 2 hours to control, and several additional hours to overhaul and extinguish remaining hotspots. In total 14 fire department apparatus, including command vehicles, responded with approximately 35 firefighters. SVFD was assisted by an automatic aid response from the Spokane Fire Department, and additional support was provided by Spokane County Fire District 8, Spokane Valley Police Department, and AMR.

One firefighter was treated at an area hospital and released later that night for a non-life threatening injury.

Due to large quantities of paint and other chemicals stored at the business, the Department of Ecology is working with Spokane Valley Public Works and Spokane Wastewater Management to determine the scope of, and mitigate any environmental impacts from water run-off entering drywells, storm drains, and/or the sewer system during fire suppression efforts.

Firefighters will remain on scene throughout today to assist fire investigators and to remove several hoselines that had frozen to the ground during last night’s fire. The building is expected to be a total loss.

About SVFD Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, City of Millwood and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across 75 square miles. SVFD firefighters and paramedics responded to more than 17,280 emergency calls in 2017. Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, one of only a handful in Washington State.

For more information about Spokane Valley Fire Department, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com

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