Duplex fire displaces family of four - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Duplex fire displaces family of four

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A faulty light fixture is being blamed for an early morning duplex fire that displaced a family of four Tuesday.

The father of the family living in the duplex had left around 3 a.m. to deliver drywall to Montana and later in the morning the mother woke up to smoke and flames in the home. She was able to get her two children, both under 2-years-old, safely outside.

Fire crews arrived on scene, in the 1300 block of S. Robin Hood, around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday to find visible smoke and flames coming from the duplex. Fire crews located the fire in the basement and quickly put it out.

Crews determined the fire was started by a faulty light fixture under a lower level stairwell.

The unit of the duplex housing the family was completely destroyed and the other unit, in which the mother's parents live, suffered smoke damage and is still inhabitable.

The Red Cross will be assisting the family.

The temperature outside at the time of the fire was bitterly cold and the family had on only what they could grab when they left.

The mother was wearing only shorts, slippers and a light sweatshirt. She was visibly shaking from the cold and shock of losing her home.

The mother says they have a smoke detector on the main floor of the home, where the bedrooms are, but officials say it was not working at the time of the fire.

Fire officials urge you to have a smoke detector on every floor in your home and in every bedroom.

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