Spokane Valley fires roundup: Woman may have set off alarm at hotel during fight

It’s not just calls for medical assistance, fires and vehicle accidents that keep Spokane Valley Fire Department crews busy. Fire alarm activations are another common call, but many turn out to be triggered by burnt food, construction dust, or some reason other than a fire.

A fire alarm went off at the Baymont Inn on Argonne Road at 1.54am on February 5. No fire was immediately visible in the three-story hotel, prompting firefighters to begin a room-by-room search to find the source of the alarm, which was listed as the third floor.

A thorough search of the third floor turned up nothing, so the search was extended to the rest of the hotel. When the search was almost complete, a guest approached the fire department and said he heard a couple arguing and then saw the woman pull the fire alarm. The alarm system was reset with no further issues.

Other calls from Jan. 31 to Feb. 31 6

January 31: A crew helped push a disabled vehicle blocking the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Evergreen Road at 8:05 p.m. Smoke was reported in the Sprague Avenue and Argonne Road area at 9:52 p.m. A crew found an abandoned campfire and extinguished it. .

February 2: A hit and run accident has been reported in the 12400 block of East Mansfield Avenue. The driver who remained at the scene was not injured.

February 3: Crews were called to the 900 block of North Vercler Road by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office at 12:06 p.m. Deputies reported entering the home and finding a strong smell of natural gas and two stove burners on . They extinguished the burners before calling the fire department. The gas was then turned off at the meter.

February 4: A vehicle hit a fire hydrant in the Euclid Avenue and Eden Street area at 1:36 a.m. Witnesses said the driver fled the area. Water was gushing out of the hydrant and Consolidated Irrigation District 19 was notified of the leak. A vehicle struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Evergreen Road and Sprague Avenue at 5:47 p.m. The pedestrian said he was not injured.

February 6: A column of smoke was reported in the 19100 block of East Granite at 1:18 p.m. Crews discovered that a legal agricultural burn was in progress.

By the numbers: Crews responded to 402 calls the week of January 31 to February 6, including 350 calls for emergency medical services. Other responses included 17 car accidents, a fire alarm triggered by burnt food, several illegal yard waste fires and a fire alarm triggered by steam.

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