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Spokane Valley fire roundup: Dropped battery prompts call to fire department

December 14, 2016 GMT

Sometimes it’s the unusual things that cause people to pick up the telephone and call 911 for help, and a call received by the Spokane Valley Fire Department last week fits that bill.

A woman in the 3000 block of North Argonne Road called for help the morning of Dec. 9 with an unusual problem. She had dropped a AAA battery inside her baseboard heater and was worried it would become a hazard when she couldn’t get it out, said department spokeswoman Melanie Rose.

The crew sent to her home took off the front of the heater, retrieved the battery and put the heater back together, Rose said.

In another unusual call, crews were called to a reported bonfire in a parking lot in the 9400 block of East Appleway Boulevard the afternoon of Dec. 6. They discovered a man disassembling a travel trailer and burning it piece by piece.

The man agreed to put out the fire when the crew explained that burning a travel trailer like that was illegal, Rose said.

Other calls from Dec. 5-11

Dec. 5: A small fire caused by a fireplace was reported in the 7500 block of East Baldwin Avenue. A vehicle fire was reported at a gas station at 1520 N. Pines Road. Employees used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire before crews arrived.

Dec. 6: A fire was reported at the Apple Grove Apartment at 11011 E. Fourth Ave. around 11:30 p.m. A malfunctioning bathroom fan started a smoldering fire in the attic.

Dec. 7: A crew from the Otis Orchards station assisted Newman Lake Fire and Rescue with an outbuilding fire in the 8500 block of North Idaho Road. A woman riding her bicycle on the sidewalk without any lights was hit by a car leaving the parking lot on Broadway Avenue just east of Sullivan Road just before 5 p.m. The woman had minor injuries.

Dec. 9: Smoke caused by a malfunctioning furnace filled a home in the 24200 block of East Lakeridge Drive.

Dec. 11: The department’s rescue task force was called to assist the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in the 7800 block of North Starr Road. The task force was released without being called in.

By the numbers: Crews responded to 295 calls from Dec. 5-11, including 233 calls for emergency medical service. Responses included 25 car crashes and burned food in an oven.