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Post Falls Apartment Fire Blamed On Cigarette

POST FALLS, Id. – An overnight fire that destroyed at least three apartments is being blamed on a cigarette left on a balcony.

24 units were evacuated at about 2:30 on Wednesday morning. Kootenai County Fire & Rescue said three units were destroyed, two were damaged by fire and several others suffered smoke and water damage.

Authorities said the fire rated drywall helped slow the spread of flames this morning.

The Red Cross is helping at least one tenant find a place to stay.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM KOOTENAI COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE: Fire crews were dispatched to a second alarm structure fire Wednesday morning at 302 W. 4th St, at the Falls Park Apartments, in Post Falls, ID at 1:42 a.m. The fire started on the second floor balcony of building 1. The first response unit was on scene at 1:50 a.m., and by 1:51 a.m. they upgraded the call to a 3rd alarm.

Fire crews had most of the fire knocked down by 2:38 a.m., and had it completely extinguished and went to a mop-up stage at 3:09 a.m. All units cleared the scene at 8:45 a.m.; the apartment complex was turned over to the landlord and residents at that time.

There are 24 apartments in building 1; all were evacuated until they were deemed safe for residents to return into their homes. Three of the apartments were a complete loss. Two others were damaged by the fire, and many others received damage from smoke and water. The fire walls in the building slowed the progress of the fire from spreading horizontally to other apartments until fire crews were able to begin extinguishment.

After an investigation was completed, evidence shows that a cigarette on the second story balcony was to blame for the fire.

Over 30 firefighters from Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, Northern Lakes Fire District, Coeur d'Alene Fire Department and Hauser Lake Fire Department all responded to the fire, a total of twelve apparatus.

 The American Red Cross was on scene to help residents that needed assistance.

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POST FALLS, Idaho - Dozens of people had to be evacuated because of an apartment fire in Post Falls early Tuesday morning. According to officials, the fire started shortly before 2:00 a.m. on a 2nd floor balcony at the Falls Park Apartments on West 4th St., then spread to the third floor. No injuries were reported.

KHQ was first on scene and fire officials say firewalls were able to stop the fire from spreading to other buildings. The fire affected as many as six units, and many as four of those units were a complete loss. 41 people in 24 apartment units were evacuated and the Red Cross is assisting displaced residents.

There was no immediate word on how the fire started.  

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