Morning Fire Damages Motel On N. Division - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Fire Damages Motel On N. Division

SPOKANE FIRE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE: On Tuesday October 25th 2011 at 05:59 eight Companies of Spokane Firefighters, five engines, two senior ladders, one heavy rescue under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Donahoe and Cornelius responded to a reported fire at the Liberty Motel.

The first arriving company reported heavy flame involvement to the front half of a single story, wood framed motel. It appeared the fire had extended into the common attic of the five unit motel. Crews were assigned to attack the fire in the affected room and to search for extension of the fire in the adjacent motel rooms.

Other crews were assigned to search all the units along with ventilating the roof of the structure. The three residents staying in the motel made it out safely. The Motel Manager received first and second degree burns to his arms and hands after attempting to put out the fire with an extinguisher.

The patient was then transported to Holy Family Hospital. No injuries to Firefighters were reported. Crews remained on scene for approximately six hours overhauling the fire. All five units of the affected building will be uninhabitable until major repairs are made. However, the rest of the Motel complex is open for business.

Cause:
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special investigation Unit.

Damage:
There was extensive fire damage to the room of origin and the roof. The four surrounding motel units sustained damage to the ceilings while searching for extension of the fire in the attic area.

Firefighters Responding: 28

Dollar Loss: $70,000

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire damaged a motel on North Division early Tuesday morning and forced the closure of all southbound lanes adjacent to the motel for about 90 minutes.    

At around 6:05 a.m. multiple crews from the Spokane Fire Department were called to a fire at the Liberty Motel at 6801 N. Division, near the intersection of Division and Wedgewood Avenue, across the street from Lowe's. 

When crews arrived they found smoke coming from the structure with some visible flames. 

Officials told KHQ's Blake Jensen that one unit sustained heavy fire damage with the other two units sustaining smoke damage. The roof was also damaged as fire crews attacked the blaze. They also say there was at least one person inside that unit when the fire broke out, but it's believed everyone made it out safely.

We're also told the manager of the motel was injured trying to put the fire out himself. He was taken to Holy Family Hospital with second and third degree burns to his hands and arms.  

Because of the number of fire trucks called to the fire, all lanes of southbound Division near the motel were shut down for nearly 90 minutes before lane re-openings began at around 7:30.  

There was no immediate word on what caused the fire and how many people were evacuated.  
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