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Man Injured In Spokane Valley House Fire; Deputies Investigating

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – Part of a house fire investigation has been turned over to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office after fire fighters found marijuana plants inside a burning Spokane Valley home.

A resident in the home has a medical marijuana card, but authorities plan to investigate whether the prescription matches the number of plants found inside, according to Bill Clifford with the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

One man suffered moderate burns to his face, neck and arm when the fire started at about 12:30 on Friday afternoon.  Medics treated him outside his home before a family member drove him to the hospital for follow-up treatment.

Flames spread up the side of the home and across a roof made of cedar shakes threatening other homes and nearby trees.

A neighbor reportedly suffered smoke inhalation trying to keep the fire from spreading to his home.  Medics treated him with oxygen at the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Spokane Valley fire investigators. 

This story was filed by KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes

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SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPT. PRESS RELEASE: Crews from the Spokane Valley Fire Department with one engine from SCFD 8, responded to a house fire in the 2500 block of South Timberlane Drive on Friday.

The call came in just before 1 PM; a neighbor reported smoke and flames were visible. Approximately 32 firefighters worked diligently extinguishing the fire as winds pushed it through the main floor of the home.

The homeowner was down stairs watching TV when he heard a smoke detector sounding. He went to investigate the alarm and found the blinds in the kitchen were on fire. The homeowner received burns to his right arm, neck and face escaping the fire.

He was treated on scene by AMR and was advised to go to the hospital for evaluation. A neighbor received smoke inhalation trying to keep the fire from spreading to his home.

He also was treated on scene. Timberlane Drive was closed and traffic was diverted so crews could work safely. The fire is under investigation for the cause and an estimate of the damages. The homeowner and his son have friends and family to stay with. The home was insured.

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UPDATE: One person has been hurt in a house fire in Spokane Valley in the 2500 block of S. Timberlane Dr.  Firefighters tell KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes that the victim suffered burns to the arm. Fire officials say the home sustained at least $100,000 in damages.

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