SPOKANE, Wash. - Firefighters responded to a fatal house fire Friday morning in east Spokane.
The Spokane Fire Department said the fire at Marietta Avenue and Thor Street killed a 66-year-old man. Investigators said he was in the house when the fire broke out and may have made it into the front room of the home when he was killed.
The man was a known smoker who was terminally ill. Authorities and neighbors said the 66-year-old was possibly using his oxygen tanks and smoking at the same time. Neighbors heard explosions when the fire broke out about 8 a.m.
As is routine in fatal fires, Major Crimes detectives will lead the investigation onto how the fire started. The fire department and investigators were at the scene most of Friday.
the fire damage was confined to the front living room, kitchen and attic of the house with smoke and heat damage throughout. The house to the west of the house received heat damage to its siding and windows.