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Understanding how things burn

Former Cheney motel serves as classroom for local firefighters, fire science researcher


Last updated 3/14/2019 at 9:34pm

Rich Freier has a favorite saying.

Actually, the veteran Spokane Valley Fire Department fire investigator and commissioned law enforcement officer has a lot of them — to talk with Freier is to talk with a walking quote machine. But of those, the 20-year veteran has one that should resonate with everyone.

“The best fire call we go on are the ones we don’t,” Freier said Monday, March 4, while installing material and equipment for a series of test burns at Cheney’s Rosebrook Motel.

Freier has been devoted to producing fire science as part of his work as an investigator, using the inf...

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