House fire in North Spokane destroys home - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

House fire in North Spokane destroys home

SPOKANE, Wash. - An early morning fire has destroyed a home in North Spokane.  According to the Spokane Fire Department, the fire broke out just before 4 a.m. at 1908 E. Wellesley.

A passerby saw smoke and called for help.  Fire officials say the homeowners were not home at the time of the fire.  Nine engines arrived on scene and evacuated two neighboring apartment buildings.  One neighbor says he woke up to see an orange glow through his window and flames shooting out of the roof of the home.

After attempting to fight the flames, firefighters decided the building had become structurally unsound, so they moved away and allowed the home's roof to collapse.  Crews stayed on scene for several hours, using infrared guns to detect hot spots.   Wellesley was completely closed until just before 7 a.m.  The neighbors have been allowed back in their homes, and the American Red Cross is assisting the homeowners.

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