North Spokane Apartment Fire 'Most Likely Related to Smoking' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

North Spokane Apartment Fire 'Most Likely Related to Smoking'

SPOKANE, Wash. – Authorities tore down part of a North Spokane apartment complex on Thursday after 12 units were destroyed by a fire the day before.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said investigators have yet to officially determine a cause of the fire, but they believe it was, "most likely related to smoking."Investigators found several cigarettes outside a bedroom window where authorities believe the fire started.

Demolition crews spent at least two hours tearing down damaged units on Thursday afternoon.

The Red Cross continued helping displaced tenants replace water, medications and eyeglasses.

Mel's Nursery, one block north of the apartment complex, continued accepting donations of household goods for tenants who lost everything in the fire.

Employees at the nursery hoped to fill a greenhouse with donations from the community.  By Thursday afternoon, they had filled three greenhouses and were starting a fourth.

More than 40 people were forced from their homes after the fire.  The Red Cross opened a temporary shelter on Wednesday night but closed the facility the next morning when all tenants found shelter elsewhere.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.  

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