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Spokane County fire crews respond to two garage fire blocks away

Wabash and Lee, North Spokane Wabash and Lee, North Spokane
4107 N. Cook, North Spokane 4107 N. Cook, North Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane County fire crews responded to two different garage fires Wednesday night, within blocks of one another. The first fire broke out at Wabash and Lee just before 10:30 Wednesday night. The second fire was four blocks away in the 4100 block of North Cook.

Spokane fire crews at Wabash and Lee say the fire destroyed the garage and a car in the garage. A motor home was also partially damaged, but no person or animal suffered any injuries. A Fire Battalion Chief tells KHQ Local News Reporter Kevin Randall that the fire burned so high and so quickly that it reached power lines over the garage. One witness said the flames must have reached 30 feet. Avista was called to the scene to assist, but the Battalion Chief did not think it was a serious issue.

The fire was only burning for about five minutes before crews arrived on scene. They got there so quickly because a firefighter at Station 3, in the 2100 block of East Wellesley, actually saw smoke from the fire before they ever received a call about it. They were already en route when the first calls came in. Unfortunately, the fire burned through the dry wood of the garage so quickly, they weren't able to save it. But they were able to keep the fire from spreading.

The other garage fire, in the 4100 block of North Cook which is about four blocks away from the Wabash fire, broke out just after midnight Wednesday. Fire crews say that garage is also a complete loss. According to the homeowner, there was nothing too valuable in the garage, just some restaurant equipment he'd been storing. That fire also got to power lines above the garage and melted them, leaving the homeowner in the dark until Avista can restore power. It's not clear when that will be.

Right now firefighters will not say whether the two garage fires are connected. Kevin Randall talked to a Fire Battalion Chief who said he's not willing to go there yet, instead using the phrase "unlikely coincidence". Look for more on this story throughout the day and for advancing coverage watch KHQ Local News at 5 and 6.

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