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UPDATE: Apartment Fire In Hillyard; Animals Killed

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two adults and two children have been released from the hospital after an apartment fire in Hillyard and are said to being doing okay. The blaze broke out Tuesday night near the intersection of Diamond and N. Haven in the Hillyard neighborhood. 

The building that burned only had three people living inside, unfortunately the couple whose apartment burned lost their cat and dog to the fire.

When fire crews arrived the building was completely engulfed in flames.

We talked to a woman who lost her home, she says it was a very scary night.

We also talked to the landlord who says the unit in which the fire started was vacant and the power was shut off. He says he's had a lot of problems in the past with squatters, he believes someone broke in and started the fire.

The Spokane Fire Dept. is investigating.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RED CROSS:

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Rogers High School for 14 people, including 6 adults and 8 children and infants, who were displaced when the apartment buildings on either side of the fire were evacuated.

Others were able to stay with friends or relatives. These people should be able to return to their apartments later today after power is turned back on.

Anyone who cannot return to their units will be housed temporarily in a local motel and provided with food and clothing, if necessary.  

The Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross is prepared to provide these types of emergency services to any family in eastern Washington and northern Idaho who become victims of a disaster. People wishing to help with local disaster relief efforts can call the Chapter office at 509-326-3330 or make a secure donation online at www.inwredcross.org

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY FIRE DEPT:

On Tuesday night at 11:19 PM, June 5, 2012 the Spokane Fire Department responded to 2918 E. Diamond on a reported structure fire. The first crew on-scene reported a fully involved structure fire, with reports from the neighbors that some occupants were still inside the 2-story, wood-framed apartment building containing 2 apartments on the first floor and 2 apartments on the second floor.

Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire from the interior of the structure while additional fire crews completed a vent-enter-search tactic on two rooms on the 2nd floor at the front of the building. Within a matter of minutes the fire had spread from the first floor to full fire involvement of the 2nd floor and attic requiring a change from an interior (offensive) attack to an exterior (defensive) attack.

Additional fire crews were called in due to a serious exposure hazard consisting of a 2-story apartment building located 6-feet to the west of the fire building. This exposure building was staffed with fire crews to prevent that structure from igniting due to the significant amount of radiant heat coming from fire building.

The fire was brought under control within 2 hours and fire crews were on scene throughout the night to complete the salvage and overhaul process. Two adults and 2 children were transported to a local hospital and treated for smoke inhalation and one civilian was treated for a burn to his hand.

In addition, one firefighter injured his arm during a search of the second floor. Six Engine companies, Two Ladders, a heavy rescue truck and 2 Battalion Chiefs were on scene during the initial operations of this incident. Red Cross arrived on scene and their initial assessment was 26 individuals will be relocated for the night.

The Spokane Police Department was also on scene and provided traffic control and scene security during the operational period of this incident.

Cause:
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Departments Special Investigation Unit.

Damage:
The second floor and attic sustained significant fire damage with smoke and water damage to the rest of the structure. There was minimal heat damage to the exposure building to the west.

#Firefighters Responding: 31

Dollar Loss: $70,000


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