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Structure fire at 1725 E. Francis

SPOKANE, Wash.- At 7:36 p.m. Wednesday night, the Spokane Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1723 E. Francis. 

Spokane firefighters say when they responded they were already short-staffed because of a brush fire already burning in northeast Spokane.

Firefighters had to come from the South Hill to fight the fire.  They say upon arrival, they found a two-story structure with heavy smoke showing out of all sides of the building and fire in the rear. 

It was quickly determined that the structure was not safe for firefighters to enter and fight from the inside or to allow firefighters to work on the roof to ventilate the building.

Additional units were requested, which meant other fire districts and departments from surrounding counties were called to help.

Not only were other fire departments needed to help battle the structure fire, but traffic on Francis Avenue was delayed as fire units spilled into the streets. Units were also called in to control traffic.

Firefighters say the incident became a defensive fire almost immediately, and firefighters focused on protecting other buildings from exposure and fighting the fire from the outside. 

According to firefighters, the building and the commercial rental business inside are both total losses, at an estimated value of $750,000.  The business owner says she rents out supplies used at weddings and has 40-60 brides depending on her rentals for their weddings this weekend.  She says she hopes other rental places in town will help.

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