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South Hill apartment fire caused by discarded cigarette

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire officials say a fire at a South Hill apartment complex that caused more than $1 million in damage was started by a discarded cigarette. Fire officials say the fire was accidental. The fire broke out May 13 on at the Regal Ridge Apartment Complex in the 5100 block of S. Regal. It started in one unit, and according to eyewitnesses, spread from there.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames shooting high into the sky. Using steady streams of water, they knocked down the flames but continued for some time to battle the smoke and contain the damage to as few apartments as possible.

The fire did render the north side of the building a total loss. No one was injured in the fire, but five of the ten units in the building were damaged or destroyed. A firewall that separates the building did aid in keeping the fire contained.

Nearly 30 people were forced out of the complex by the fire.

The manager of the apartment complex, who has only been there for two months, has been working to place everyone affected in a new unit within the complex.

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