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UPDATE: House Fire On Spokane's South Hill Spreads To Other Homes

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE FIRE DEPT: Devastation from yesterday's structure fires near 19th/Sherman resulted in an estimated $500,000 of property loss and millions saved from the potential destruction of a neighborhood. 

According to accounts from the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit, two single family residences were considered catastrophic losses. A third single family home received heavy fire damage to the deck, siding, and attic.

The fire was extending into the third home from through a kitchen window and exterior door when firefighters successfully extinguished it, preventing damage on the home's interior.

A fourth structure sustained smoke damage to one of the four apartments. The tenant had a box fan pulling air into the structure through a window facing the fire and the fan was left operating after she evacuated. 

In addition to the structural damage there were three cars, one motorcycle, and a boat that were completely consumed by the fire. 
 
There were no civilian injuries and one minor firefighter injury as a result the incident, which lasted several hours.
 
The official fire cause remains undetermined, however both prospective scenarios appear accidental. The details will be shared when we learn more from the SIU.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters were dispatched to a house fire on Thursday afternoon in the area of 19th and Sherman. The smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.

According to crews at the scene, the fire spread to two other homes.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer says that one person safely escaped the home where the fire started. No one was inside the other two homes at the time.
    
At least two cars also burned.
    
Firefighters focused their efforts on stopping the fire from spreading through the neighborhood where the homes are close together.

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