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Firefighters respond to back-to-back early morning house fires

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Spokane firefighters responded to back-to-back house fires early Monday morning about 10 minutes apart. No people were hurt in the fires, but a family dog was killed in one of the fires. 

The first fire was reported in the 1600 block of E. Ostrander Ave at 3:20 a.m. The people in the house said everyone had gotten safely outside and that smoke was coming from the basement. Firefighters were able to confine the fire to the basement and a small portion of the first floor kitchen area. Crews credit working smoke detectors for providing an early warning signal and letting the people get out of the house.

The Red Cross is assisting the family of two adults and three kids who were displaced by the fire. The cause was determined to be related to electrical hazards.

The second fire broke out right after 3:30 a.m. in the 500 block of E. Crown Ave. A neighbor saw the fire coming from a home and called the fire department, but wasn't sure whether anyone was inside at the time.

When firefighters arrived on scene they saw heavy smoke from the street side. Crews were able to get the fire under control and when they searched the home they found a family dog inside who was killed int he blaze. 

The cause of the second fire has not yet been determined.

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