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North Spokane fire displaces 8 people

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Eight people have been displaced after a house fire broke out in the 600 block of W. Montgomery in North Spokane.

The fire started around 8:30 a.m. in a home that is separated into three apartments housing a total of six adults and two children.

Authorities say the residents are lucky that they were awake and able to smell the fire because none of the three units in the home had a working smoke detector.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

The Washington State Fire Marshal says 45 people died across the state last year in house fires. Nearly 70 percent of the fatalities were a result of not having a smoke detector. The state fire marshal's web site says having a smoke detector can cut your risk of dying in a house fire nearly in half.

The Spokane Firefighters Local 29 has teamed up with the Washington Council of Firefighters Burn Foundation to buy $1,000 worth of smoke detectors for Spokane Families.

When the fire department responds to a call in a residential home, if there is no detector, one, if available, can be installed by Spokane firefighters. This service, as well as the detector, is free to homeowners and renters, however landlords are required by law to provide detectors for their renters and may be charged for the cost of the detector. City of Spokane residents can also stop by a fire station to obtain a detector. Detectors will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis until all are distributed. 

There have been seven house fires in Spokane in the past 10 days.

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