2009 snow-caused roof collapse helps fire crews extinguish east - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

2009 snow-caused roof collapse helps fire crews extinguish east Spokane structure fire



















SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire investigators will remain on scene Thursday working to determine the cause of a two alarm fire that broke in the 4000 block of E. Main Thursday morning.

The fire broke out around 5:40 a.m. in the Trumark building and was centered in the middle of a large warehouse area inside what was described by fire crews as vacant office area.

Fire Chief Bobby Williams said the fire spread quickly through sidewalls and into the insulation of the warehouse making it difficult for crews to keep the flames from spreading.

Chief Williams said while it was tough to keep the flames from spreading, crews actually got some help from a collapsed roof that gave way last year during the heavy snowfall. The building was being remodeled following the collapse and was basically empty which provided crews with enough room to bring in an extra hose. Williams said without that collapse his crews would have had to essentially go through an extra building and a half to get to the fire.

Fire crews will be on scene all into Thursday afternoon mopping up and making sure there are no flare-ups.

Initial reports show the fire was not suspicious in nature, however that has not been officially confirmed.

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