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Fire destroys Spokane home, woman and 4-year-old suffer critical injuries

SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire crews had their hands full knocking down a fully involved house fire located in the 5400 E Commerce Ave Friday Morning.  The Fire started around 8:40 a.m. and was so intense when fighters first arrived smoke and flames could be seen coming out of every window of the home.

Two people were been taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with injuries reported to be critical.  An adult woman was transported for burns to her face and hands and her 4-year-old son is being treated for smoke inhalation and cuts and scrapes.  The were able to escape from the home prior to the Fire Department's arrival and were found across the street.

Additional fire crews arrived and provided advanced life support to the patients as other fire crews made entry into the home to search for additional family members and attack the fire. Neighbors had reported to on-scene personnel that multiple family members routinely stayed at the home which resulted in firefighters searching the home and its basement four-times under heavy fire conditions.

The crews were able to get the fire controlled in 30 minutes, working extremely hard in difficult conditions. Firefighters were successful in confining the fire to the home, limiting loss to the family's possessions and preventing the fire's spread to adjacent homes. The Spokane Police Department's Chaplain was also successful in locating and accounting for family members which were off-site with relatives.

The home was completely destroyed in by the fire and fire officials estimate the damages is around $200,000. 

The fire appears to have started in the front of the home and investigators say the probable cause of the was the child playing with a lighter.

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