Spokane Valley Railyard Fire Continues To Burn

SPOKANE VALLEY — A fire that started near the Spokane Interstate Fair continued to burn and pump black smoke into the air Friday morning.

Eyewitnesses on the scene reported around 6 p.m. that a pile of railroad ties were burning along the north side of East Sprague in the Union Pacific railyard. The railyard is located between that main east-west arterial and the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

Several engine crews responded to the scene and were able to gain the upper hand on the fire within half an hour of the fire being spotted.

No structures were threatened by the blaze which was confined to a relatively small area on the railyard grounds.

Spokane Valley Assistant Fire Chief Bill Clifford said that investigators are already on the scene and that they are fairly certain the pile of railroad ties did not spontaneously combust.

He is not, however, ready to call the fire suspicious.