3 Dogs Killed In Post Falls House Fire; Read The Official Press - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

3 Dogs Killed In Post Falls House Fire; Read The Official Press Release

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Kootenai County Fire and Rescue was called to a "fully involved garage fire" this morning at 2:53 a.m., and arrived on scene within 5 mintues.to 1467 N. Havichur Loop in Post Falls.

Upon arrival, crews quickly determined that fire had extended into the house and a second alarm was sounded for mutual aid from Northern Lakes Fire and Coeur d'Alene Fire.  All occupants of the home had evacuated prior to emergency crews arrival.

 Occupants of the home included homeowners Jason and Erin Wyatt, their children ages 11 months, 5 years and 6 years old and Erin's mother, Judy McKeana.   Judy McKeana was assisted out a basement window by Jason and a neighbor when the stair exit was blocked by fire and smoke.  Jason received minor cuts and both Jason and Erin were treated for minor smoke inhalation on scene.

One family cat was rescued from the home but 3 dogs were found deceased and one cat was still unaccounted for at the time of the release.

 At approximately 2:35 a.m., Jason and Erin awoke to loud "bang" or "pop" sounds coming from the garage area.  Upon investigating, smoke was found in the living room area and they awoke others in the home as fire from the garage entered the main home from an opened door to the garage.  Jason, Erin and the three children were able to get out on their own but then determined that Judy McKeana was still inside, in the basement area and with the help of a neighbor, were able to break a window and pull Judy to safety while another neighbor called 911.

The homeowners stated that they did have insurance and working smoke detectors.  The American Red Cross was contacted and arrived to offer emergency assistance including up to three days of housing and clothing and food vouchers to get the family through the first few days.  A board up company was also called to help secure the home.

Fire crews were released from scene at 6:59 a.m. with personnel from the next day's shift arriving to continue to remove insulation from the remainder of the home's attic to prevent chances of rekindling.  KCFR crews will be returning to the home several times during the following 24 hours to check for any hot spots.

A fire investigator with KCFR arrived on scene shortly after the fire was brought under control.  Initial determination of cause of fire was from discarded ashes placed in a flammable (plastic) container and placed within the garage area.  The fire loss included a Subaru car, two motorcycles, an atv 4-wheeler (located outside the garage), fishing boat and misc. items within the garage and shop.  Other items damage by the fire included a GMC one-ton truck and attached storage trailer that was parked outside, next to the garage area and slight damage to another atv 4-wheeler parked in the bed of the GMC pickup.

There was extensive fire, smoke and water damage to the main floor of the home.  Fire crews were able to gather valuables in the basement floor and cover them with tarps to protect from water damage as fire had not extended to the lower floor.

No cost estimates were available at the time of this release.  Homeowners are reminded, especially at this time of year, to keep flammables away from any heat sources including heaters, candles and stoves.  Always place ashes in a metal container and store outside the garage and home.

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