Firefighters Extinguish Fire Inside Manufacturing Plant
Spokane Valley, Wash. – Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) units responded to a reported commercial structure fire at Thermoguard, 125 N. Dyer Road at 10:20 am today.
The sprinkler system inside Thermoguard’s manufacturing plant was triggered by fire inside the machinery used to shred, grind and fiberize recycled newspaper into cellulose. Eight employees inside the facility safely evacuated and were outside when firefighters arrived.
Firefighters attacked the fire, located inside ductwork inside the hopper, from multiple angles due to the difficult location and density of the burning and smoldering material. In addition to the aggressive firefighting efforts, crews secured power and gas to the building and completed a search of the large, multi-story structure. The fire was under control shortly after 11:00 am.
A total of 15 apparatus and support vehicles responded to the scene, including several crews from the Spokane Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Spokane Valley Fire Department serves the City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, City of Millwood and unincorporated areas of Spokane County with a combined population of 125,000 across approximately 75 square miles. SVFD firefighters and paramedics responded to more than 16,250 emergency calls in 2016. Established in 1940, SVFD is an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, one of only a handful in the state of Washington. SVFD operates 10 stations providing fire suppression, emergency medical services, vehicle extraction, hazardous materials response, special operations rescue, fire investigation, fire prevention, commercial property inspection, CPR and fire safety training.
For more information about Spokane Valley Fire Department, visit www.spokanevalleyfire.com.