One person hospitalized in N. Spokane apartment fire

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 10:37 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A two-alarm apartment fire in north Spokane sent at least one person to the hospital Monday night.

Fire Chief Bobby Williams said the blaze started in a second-floor unit at the Center Court Apartments near N. Nevada St. and E. Cozza Dr. around 10 p.m.   Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion shortly before the fire began.   Fire crews said the explosion likely happened on the second floor of the 33-unit complex.  Residents also reported flames shooting out from around that area.

When crews arrived, firefighters identified heavy fire coming from one apartment on the second floor with fire extending to the third floor apartment and fire in the attic of the three-story structure.

The fire was contained within one hour and fire crews remained on scene throughout the night to mop up.

The person sent to the hospital was treated for smoke inhalation.  Red Cross was helping people who were displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Damage was estimated at $100,000.

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