At least 10 displaced in west Spokane structure fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

At least 10 displaced in west Spokane structure fire

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.- Red Cross representatives are helping at least 10 people after the motel in which they were living caught fire early Thursday morning. According to fire dispatch crews, it happened just before 4:30 a.m. Right now ten motel units have damage, and fire officials say seven have extensive damage.

Fire crews first got the call to respond to smoke showing in the Airway Express Inn at 3908 south Geiger Blvd, just off I-90. Fire officials say when their crews showed up there were power lines arcing so they had to pull back. Power crews from Avista were called to the scene. When the Avista crews had resolved the power situation, fire crews were able to go in and start putting out the fire.

Fire officials say the fire started in one unit, the motel's electrical room, but by the time fire crews were able to get it, the fire had spread to several units. When crews got a hold of the fire, five to six units had been damaged. That knocked as many people out of their living arrangements. The motel's landlord said they have a backup area to bring the displaced residents.

Just after 6 a.m. fire crews climbed to the roof of the motel to cut into its roof in order to ventilate the building. By that time the fire was under control and crews moved into more of a mop up stage. Fire crews were forced to attack the fire from both the east and west sides of the building because it was spreading so quickly.

The fire was traced to an electrical room in the motel. There is no official word on a cause, but initial reports are that it could be faulty wiring. Fire investigators will be on scene for most of Thursday to determine an exact cause.

There were no injuries in this fire, but residents were forced to get out of their rooms as fast as possible. KHQ spoke with one man who said he had to leave so fast he forgot to grab his shoes.

 

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