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Fire Destroys Duplex Unit

SPOKANE, Wash. - One man is without a home this Christmas after a fire severely damaged his home.

Firefighters arrived at a single story duplex early Saturday morning to find smoke coming from the roof. Crews conducted a search of both units and found fire in the basement of 2303 E. Mission. The occupant of that unit suffered smoke inhalation but made it out prior to the fire department's arrival. Three adults, one child and a cat were assisted out of the other unit.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in about 30 minutes. Authorities say both units did not have a working smoke detector. The four occupants of the adjacent unit were able to move back in, however the occupant of the affected unit will be staying with friends until major structural repair can be done.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be because of a defective chimney.

 

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