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Family of six loses home in fire; cause under investigation

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POST FALLS, Idaho- Thursday night, just before 8pm, Post Falls police and Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, responded to a house fire in the 2400 block of N. Bunchgrass. The first crews arriving found heavy fire coming from the garage and spreading to the second story of the home.

It was then that crews upgraded the fire to a second alarm, bringing in support from the Coeur d'Alene and Northern Lakes Fire districts. It took firefighters nearly 45 minutes before they were able to get the fire under control.

Christin Johnson lives nearby the home. She and her husband were on a walk when they saw smoke coming from the home, followed by a large explosion that almost knocked them off their feet. Johnson told KHQ that it sounded like, "huge gunshots. We just 100 yards away and it kind of made your heart sink because you didn't know what was going to happen. I was worried for my own house. Pretty scary."

Fire crews tell the home is likely a total loss. A family of six lived in the home, two parents and four children, including an infant just two weeks old. We're told they will be staying with family nearby. On the KHQ Facebook page people were organizing donation drives from the family, just two hours after the fire broke out.

Right now the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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