Barn catches fire in Valleyford; four animals die

February 27, 2019 GMT

A barn in Valleyford caught fire Tuesday afternoon, killing a dog, a sheep and two lambs.

Firefighters received the call at 4:46 p.m. and arrived within seven minutes to find the barn on fire, said Lonnie Rash, assistant chief for Spokane County Fire District 8.

A power line fell down near the barn, likely as a result of the fire and not the cause, Rash said. Firefighters were able to fight the fire without nearing the downed line before Avista shut it off.

Rash said wind also made fighting the fire more difficult.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


The barn is located at 13500 E. Stoughton Road in Valleyford, about 12 miles south of downtown Spokane. The barn measures 40 feet by 100 feet by 20 feet, Rash said.

Spokane Valley Fire Department also assisted.