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Post Falls house fire ignites ammunition in garage

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POST FALLS, Idaho -

Post Falls firefighters worried about ammunition and a propane grill while trying to distinguish a house fire late Monday night.

Neighbor Y'vonne Marie says she woke up around midnight to sounds of the fire next door. She thought she was hearing fireworks, but later learned it was ammunition exploding in the garage of a home on fire.

"I went outside and all my neighbors were out here, and then the fire department came and the police department told us to get down, because ammunition was going off," Marie said.

The occupants of the home evacuated out the back when they saw the fire spreading in the garage, said Dan Ryan with Kootenai County Fire and Rescue. When the fire started to creep up a tree, crews evacuated nearby homes fearing it would spread further.

"The police officer called me and said 'we think it might jump to the next house so you  need to get your car out of the driveway and evacuate,'" Marie said.

Neighbors waited until 3 a.m. in the morning when firefighters were confident the flames were contained and no other homes were in danger. The home suffered about $40,000 worth of damages, but the couple living inside were able to get out safely. Investigators are working to identify what caused the fire. 

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