Power strip responsible for historic Arbor Crest mansion fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Power strip responsible for historic Arbor Crest mansion fire

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -  A power strip in an office area on the first floor of the Arbor Crest Cliff House is to blame for an early Wednesday morning fire that caused extensive damage to the landmark, officials said.

Spokane Valley firefighters were called at 3:30 a.m. to the Arbor Crest Winery and found the mansion burning on all three floors. Eventually, 40 Spokane Valley firefighters responded and additional resources were requested from area departments.

Officials say firefighters had a difficult time fighting the fire because of limited access to the mansion and that the nearest hydrant was more than half a mile away.

They finally got water tender trucks on scene and by 7:30 a.m., the fire was mostly out but not before causing extensive damage to all three floors. Officials say the building's structural integrity appears to be intact.

According to Arbor Crest Wine Cellars General Manager Jim van Löben Sels, the Cliff House will be rebuilt. Löben Sels also said the fire will not interrupt the majority of day-to-day operations.

The mansion is the architectural focal point of the Arbor Crest Winery grounds on a bluff overlooking the Spokane River Valley.

The mansion was built in 1925 and was added to the national register in 1979.

 

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