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Tree pruner alerts sleeping woman to house fire, calls 911

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Firefighters are crediting a tree pruner with saving the life of a woman who was fast asleep when her home caught fire Friday.

Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a reported house fire in the 1100 block of N. Girard Road shortly after 1:30 pm.

Firefighters discovered flames on the back deck of the home that were extending into the eaves and attic. 

Firefighters say the woman, fast asleep inside the home escaped safely after a tree pruner working next door spotted the fire, called 911 and banged repeatedly on the her door until she answered. The house was filling with heavy, dark smoke when she escaped. Several cats and a dog were also unharmed in the fire. Red Cross volunteers were called to assist the woman with temporary housing.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind residents to ensure smoke alarms are installed and tested monthly. Working smoke alarms save lives. 

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