Downtown Apartment Fire; One Person Dead - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Downtown Apartment Fire; One Person Dead

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams confirmed that one man died in the fire at the apartment complex on 123 N. Bernard. Chief Williams could not say if the person died as a result of the fire. That will have to be determined through an autopsy.

Williams noted that the Spokane Fire Department responded to a medical call at an apartment in the complex about an hour prior to the fire. Two other people are in the hospital Wednesday evening being treated for smoke inhalation.

Displaced residents of the fire said there are 33 units. A fourth floor resident described hearing the fire alarm going off just after 5 p.m. and grabbing her kids for the elevator. She said when they reached the third floor, they ran across the hall and downstairs to escape outside. The same resident told KHQ she believed a leftover cigarette from a man smoking on the third floor may have started the fire.

The investigation continues and KHQ has crews on scene gathering more information. You can watch for updates right here on khq.com and tonight on KHQ 11@11.

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