Structure Fire In Downtown Spokane - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: DOWNTOWN APARTMENT FIRE; Witness: 'His Pants Were Completely Engulfed In Flames'

UPDATE: May 13th, 10:00PM SPOKANE FIRE PRESS RELEASE:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Around 2:30 PM Friday, Spokane Firefighters responded to a building fire at 229 West Second Avenue in downtown Spokane. While enroute to the incident, companies were notified that civilians may be trapped and one victim was reportedly "…on fire in the hallway of the first floor..."

The first companies arrived within three-minutes and confirmed that smoke was showing from the front and rear of the three-story apartment building. The first due Engine and Ladder went to work immediately on arrival and secured water supply and stretched a hoseline in attempt to control the fire's progress and protect the egress of civilians from the upper floors.

Simultaneously the Ladder Company searched the area of the fire unit for savable civilians. A male victim was located and removed from the hallway of floor 1 to the exterior where he was immediately treated by awaiting SFD Paramedics. All companies assigned on the alarm were immediately dedicated to searching the building while trying to suppress the fire's progress when they arrived. Decisive action by first arriving company officers allowed a successful search of the entire building which resulted in a confirmation that all 25 occupants were evacuated and accounted for. The fire was declared under control in less than 30-minutes and no other injuries were reported.

The victim is an adult male suffering from critical 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body plus significant airway burns. He was initially transported to Sacred Heart and has just been transferred to Harborview in Seattle.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE, Wash. - A man has been rushed to the hospital after he was burned in an apartment fire in downtown Spokane at 2nd & Bernard. KHQ spoke to a resident from the Avondale Court who says he walked out of his apartment and saw his neighbor on fire.

"I went out in the hallway and a gentleman was on fire… his pants were completely engulfed in flames," said Gregory Kelly. "So I grabbed the fire extinguisher on the wall, I broke the glass, I grabbed it, put him out."

The man was sent to Sacred Heart for severe burns. Fire officials tell us the fire started in one of the units on the first floor, and was confined to that unit. 25 residents were evacuated from the building and will be allowed back inside in a couple of hours. Officials estimate $10,000 worth of damage to the building. If you plan on driving near 2nd & Bernard be prepare for delays. Red Cross is on scene assisting the residents. The cause of the fire is still unknown. >>>Look for the very latest here on KHQ.Com, KHQ, Facebook and our Twitter news feed.

 

 

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