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North Spokane Apartment Fire; Read The Official Press Release

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming outpouring of support from our community for Wednesday's fire victims, Mel's Nursery has already received enough donations to fill one large greenhouse. They will continue to accept donations (clothing, furniture, household items, etc) through 8:30pm Wednesday night and from 9am until 8 pm Thursday. *They will not accept any more items after Thursday night.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE FIRE DEPT: On Wednesday August 10, 2011 at 07:41AM, six companies of Spokane Firefighters (3 Engines, 1 Heavy Rescue and 1 Senior Ladder) under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Haworth and Sabo responded to a Structure Fire at 10 East Pine Ridge Court (Peter Square Apartments).

Spokane Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy smoke and fire showing from the first to third floors of a three-story apartment building with approximately 24 occupied units.

Finding fire in multiple units throughout all three floors and the attic space, firefighters commenced swift fire attack techniques and simultaneous room-by-room searches while ladder companies were sent to the roof to vertically ventilate the fire.

The first arriving Chief requested a second alarm at 07:49AM which added three engines and a Senior Ladder to the incident. A/C Schaeffer issued a third alarm at 08:03AM adding three additional Engines, two AMR Ambulances with an AMR Supervisor, Fire District 4's Rehab Vehicle and off-duty SFD Command Staff to fill incident management roles.

He subsequently added an additional two Engines and the Department's Physician Director to the incident to assist with Firefighter Rehab and medical surveillance efforts. At one point early in the incident (0809AM), the IC ordered an "abandon the building" alert via the radio to all companies due to rapidly changing fire dynamics and collapse concerns.

After a personnel were accounted for and tactics were modified, the strategy transitioned to an offensive attack and personnel re-engaged. The well coordinated effort confined the flames to one building and completely extinguished the blaze after multiple hours of intense activity. Thankfully, there were no injuries to any residents, citizens near the fire or firefighters.

Cause:
The Fire is under investigation by the Fire Department's SIU.

Damage:
Though loss from the fire was limited predominately to the north-most building, a total of nine apartment units and some adjacent area received intense damage. An estimated total of 45 persons living in the affected residential apartment units were referred to the American Red Cross for help and potential interim placement assistance.

Other Fire Districts Responding: Fire District 1, Fire District 10, Fire District 4, Fire District 8, Fire District 9.

RED CROSS UPDATE:

Red Cross volunteers and staff are continuing to work with all of the families affected by the fire.

22 of 23 units in the complex were occupied

37 total people were affected

12 of the units were destroyed in the fire

The Red Cross opened a shelter at the Calvary Spokane Church (511 W. Hastings Road). The shelter will be open throughout the night to assist any residents who have disaster related needs. Residents are encouraged to contact the Red Cross at (509) 326-3330 or to come to the shelter if they need assistance with replacing lost food, clothing and/or medical needs. The Red Cross is also providing residents with referrals to additional, long-term services.

The fire department has started allowing some residents whose units were not severely damaged back into their apartments for the evening.

Those interested in helping the work of the Red Cross and/or these families are encouraged to make a monetary donation to the Red Cross (www.inwredcross.org; 509-326-3330; or 315 W. Nora Ave, Spokane 99205). Household items including furniture, bedding, household items, etc. are being accepted at Mel's Nursery (8800 N. Division).

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UPDATE: The Red Cross is continuing to work with the 40 plus people impacted today by the fire on the north side. A Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Calvary Spokane Church at 511 W Hastings.

The Red Cross will make sure that all disaster-related needs are being met including food, clothing and replacement in medications. Monetary donations to support this major effort should be directed to 509-326-3330; 315 W Nora Spokane 99205; or www.inwredcross.org.

Donations of furniture, supplies or other items are being accepted at Mel's Nursery (8800 N Division).

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UPDATE: The property manager of the Peter Square Apartment complex in north Spokane, Josh Thosath, tells KHQ that a fire investigator told him that a cigarette started the fire. We're working on getting you more details. Northbound Division is now back open in that area after being closed for several hours. 

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now fire crews are mopping up after a large fire this morning at the Peter Square Apartments in north Spokane at the intersection of Division and Magnesium. It started at around 7:20 a.m. 

We're told that everyone made it out of the complex safely. Fire officials tell KHQ that at least 12 out of the 24 units were destroyed.  The investigation into what started the fire was delayed because ammunition/fireworks were heard going off inside of the building. Red Cross is on the scene assisting the families displaced.

As firefighters were tackling the blaze the operation switched from offensive mode to defensive mode fearing a structural collapse of the north building in the complex.

The primary goal for firefighters was to keep the fire from spreading to the south building in the complex and they were largely successful. Full evacuations were ordered for the complex.

We have a crew covering this breaking news and will bring you updates throughout the morning on KHQ and KHQ.com. You can also get the very latest updates on our KHQ Facebook wall and our Twitter news feed.

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