Family of four alerted by patrolling officer their home is on fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Family of four alerted by patrolling officer their home is on fire

SPOKANE, Wash.- Right now firefighters are mopping up after a house fire in the 2200 block of west Gardner in west-central Spokane. According to firefighters, the structure fire broke out just before 4:00 Friday morning.

A fire chief at the scene says a police officer on patrol was actually the first to notice the fire. That officer saw smoke coming from the home, called 911, and then alerted the family inside who had no idea their home was on fire. Two adults and two children did make it safely out of the home.

Firefighters arrived on scene a short time later and knocked the fire down within about half an hour. They say it was mostly burning in the attic, and firefighters actually punctured two holes in the roof of the home to get to it.

Right now there is no word on a cause, but KHQ's Ana Cabrera talked with the homeowner who said there had been some suspicious power activity Thursday night, with the power randomly going out and then sparking back after a few minutes. Fire Chiefs could not say whether that had something to do with the fire.

The homeowner says they won't be staying in the home Friday and will probably get a hotel room until they can review damages from the fire. No word on whether Red Cross will assist that family.
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