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Ten people, four dogs, two snakes and a cat safe after Post Falls house fire

POST FALLS, Idaho- Ten people were evacuated from their rental home at 1530 N. Lincoln Avenue in Post Falls early Tuesday morning following a fire. Fire officials say one woman suffered minor burns in the fire and was transported to an area hospital, but there were no other injuries. 

Kootenai County Fire Information Officer Jim Lyon tells KHQ the fire broke out just before 1:30 a.m. Dispatchers reported flames showing in the basement of the home and said the occupants were "self-evacuating." When fire crews arrived on scene, they found one of the occupants had used a garden hose to partially extinguish the basement fire. 

They were able to quickly finish off the job, but had to break several basement windows in order to properly ventilate the fire. They say the fire was contained to one basement bedroom, and damage from the fire and the efforts to extinguish it were minor. 

Lyon says there are ten occupants living in the home: eight adults, two two-year-olds, four dogs, two snakes, and a cat. Everyone, including the pets, was able to make it safely out. According to a preliminary investigation, the fire was started by a space heater left too close to a bed. It caught the bedding on fire, then spread to the rest of the bedroom. 

After the fire was safely out, everyone was allowed back into the home. The adult man, the woman who was injured, and a two year-old child that lives in the damaged bedroom planned to stay in the house overnight, but the Red Cross will be called to assist with alternate living arrangements Tuesday morning because the basement room where the fire started is livable. 

It's not clear whether the woman injured was released from the hospital.

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