25-foot flames burn north Spokane Home Depot’s home and garden aisle

Greg Stevens

Firefighters battled 25-foot flames Thursday night within the north Spokane Property Depot, which endured destruction believed to price tag hundreds of thousands of bucks.

Customers and workforce securely evacuated the dwelling advancement store, which remained closed Friday as crews labored to cleanse up the aftermath.

Firefighters were known as to the retail store at 9116 N. Newport Hwy. at about 9:25 p.m., and the first fireplace enterprise arrived in 3 minutes, Spokane Fire Main Brian Schaeffer claimed.

He mentioned arriving crews discovered smoke as workforce frantically exited. Flames ended up seen in aisle 2, which is in the household and yard spot.

The significant amounts of really flamable and flammable liquids and materials, like gasoline and battery-run leaf blowers and garden mowers, stacked higher towards the ceiling fueled the tall flames in the aisle, Schaeffer claimed.

The developing is equipped with fire suppression and alarm programs, which Schaeffer credited in conserving lives and substantial house problems.

“Without the sprinkler process, the making would have been dropped,” he said.

Schaeffer reported persons inside the retailer started off to exit when the smoke alarms activated. The extreme warmth from the flames activated several sprinkler heads, which prevented the fire from spreading past the contents of aisle 2 and permitted firefighters to securely research the shop and use huge hose strains to confine the flames to the aisle.

Schaeffer believed the aisle to be 50 ft long, with merchandise stacked on pallets 25 toes large.

It took about an hour to declare the hearth under management, primarily mainly because of how dense the solutions have been, he said. Schaeffer mentioned it was particularly complicated to rotate much more than 60 firefighters to struggle the blaze, contacting it “pretty taxing” on their bodies.

1 firefighter was hurt by a falling box that struck him from powering, Schaeffer said. The firefighter was addressed at the scene.

A number of regulation enforcement agencies and the Spokane Fireplace Division are investigating the result in of the fireplace, Schaeffer said.

Schaeffer reported firefighters labored Friday to restore the sprinkler program and clear up regions weakened by fireplace. Yellow caution tape cordoned off entrances to the store.

Schaeffer mentioned he is optimistic the retail store will reopen before long.

He believed house destruction, like cleanup charges, to be hundreds of thousands of bucks.

Spokane County Hearth District 9 also responded to the hearth Thursday night time.

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