Firefighter injured while fighting house fire in Otis Orchard Wednesday night

<p><p>A firefighter was injured Wednesday night while battling flames at an unoccupied home in Otis Orchards. </p></p><p><p>Spokane Valley firefighters responded to reports of a fire at 19918 East Crestwood Lane at about 10 p.m.</p></p><p><p>Crews saw flames from Trent as they headed to the scene, the fire department said in a news release. Firefighters began to knock down the blaze but quickly ran out of water, the department said. </p></p><p><p>Additional engines connected their hoses but also ran out of water and the closest hydrant was a half mile away. </p></p><p><p>Newman Lake and Hauser Lake fire departments provided water tender, according to the news release. Trucks shuttled water nonstop to battle the blaze but due to the size of the fire when crews arrived and water supply issues, a large part of the home was completely destroyed. </p></p><p><p>The home had been unoccupied since June, the fire department said. </p></p><p><p>One firefighter was hurt and taken to a local hospital as a precaution, said Captain Scott Crawford. The injury was not due to an accident at the fire, he said. </p></p><p><p>The fire department reminded residents to stay away from fire and emergency scenes when crews are working. On this fire, crews occupied the entire road with long hoses strung to fire trucks and trucks shutting water back and forth.</p></p><p><p>A few cars had to be turned away from the area, Crawford said.</p></p><p><p>Crews stayed on scene through the night and into the morning to douse the blaze, Crawford said. Investigators had yet to determine the cause of the fire as of early Thursday morning. </p></p>