Fire destroys two North Spokane apartments
SPOKANE, Wash. - Two apartments were destroyed in an early Monday morning fire at an apartment complex in the 2900 block of N. Crestline.
Flames were seen shooting from a second floor apartment just before 1 a.m. Assistant Fire Chief Brain Schaeffer says the fire was initially difficult to get a handle on because of the head start it had on fire crews. A total 12 engine companies responded to the blaze.
According to one of three people displaced by the fire, two people were sleeping by their fireplace when a spark from that fireplace ignited their blanket and the fire then spread to the rest of the apartment. That same resident said she had to crawl over her second floor railing to escape and was helped to the ground by several people outside.
Crestline was closed for several hours Monday morning while crews battled the fire. Following the fire, City crews had to spray deicer on the road to melt the ice formed from the water used to fight the fire.
Officials have yet to determine a cause for the fire and were not able to confirm that a spark from a fireplace caused the blaze.
The three people who were displaced will receive assistance from the Red Cross.
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