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Spokane Police Corporal rescues man from burning house

Spokane Police Corporal John Strickland Spokane Police Corporal John Strickland

SPOKANE, Wash. - Three people are safe after a fire broke out in their home near the corner of Wall St. and Shannon Ave. Tuesday evening.  The fire was first reported at 6:30.  Spokane Police Corporal John Strickland heard the call from a nearby Police precinct and ran next door to help.  When Corporal Strickland arrived, two people we're standing on the porch and one elderly man in a wheel chair was still inside unable to get out of the burning building.  Acting quickly, Strickland carried the man out of the house and to safety.

After arriving on scene, Spokane fire crews quickly contained the fire in only 10 minutes.  The fire started in the basement and the cause of this fire is still under investigation at this time. The fire investigator will look at several possible ignition sources. One of the items that will be checked out is a portable electric heater found in the fire room. Although, it is only one of the potential sources for ignition, the Spokane Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the hazards of such electrical devices. When using these appliances this winter, remember electrical heaters should not be left on and unattended. They also pose a hazard to all combustible materials that are in close proximity the heater when it is operating.

Two residents of the home were treated for smoke inhalation on the scene, including the man Cpl. Strickland carried from the home.  No one at the scene required hospitalization.  The Red Cross is providing assistance to the residents of the home.

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