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UPDATE: Fire Displaces 16 People On E. Olympic

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SPOKANE, Wash. - 16 people are without a place to stay after an apartment building caught fire in the 2900 block of East Olympic Avenue. It happened on Sunday. The man who lives on the top floor of the building was sleeping at the time, but thinks it may have started in the walls of his apartment.

"I heard a pop kitty corner to where I was asleep and then the wall started glowing and fire burst out, and of course I was awake standing on my feet then trying to get out," said the top floor tenant Martin Dodson.  

Martin says there was a lot of smoke and that he alerted his neighbors to the fire, so that everyone could get outside. The two and a half story building housed eight women and eight men. Everyone did make it out safely.

No one was injured in the fire, but one cat, died in the blaze. Although the top floor has the most damage, no one will be able to say there for quite some time. The Red Cross is helping those 16  people find a place to stay. Many of them do not have any other place to go.

"They're sad and they're scared and they're wondering what they're going to do," said Audrey O'Grady who has several friends that live in the building.  

Right now, the cause is under investigation. However, both the Spokane Fire Department and those who live in the building think it was caused by an electrical problem. A fire investigator was on scene trying to determine exactly what happened.

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation on the scene but refused medical transport.

UPDATE: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________SPOKANE, Wash. - A large structure fire on 2923 Olympic Avenue displaced 12 people, now taken in by The Red Cross. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but we will update you any new information as it comes into our newsroom.

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