Investigators looking into what started Geno's fire

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by Breanna Roy & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 4:56 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 6:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. - Investigators are still trying to figure what caused Geno's Pizza to catch fire on Saturday afternoon.

The three-alarm fire started just behind the restaurant after 4 p.m. Saturday.

Witnesses said it then spread to nearby trees and then to the neighboring Sinto Apartments.

 “First thing we saw was magnificent emergency response,” said neighbor Joy Collins.  “Unbelievable. They had everything secured at least five blocks.”

The back side of Geno's was heavily damaged and the entire restaurant had smoke and water damage.

Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) owns the Sinto Apartments which are managed by Coast.

The apartments suffered severe fire damage to the roof.  Eight units also sustained heavy damage according to firefighters.

“Well, the first thought is always is everyone okay and thankfully everyone got out.  Pets got out.   So the first question is everyone safe? Then we have to start figuring out what we can do to make sure our tenants are taken care of,” said Tricia Webster, SNAP Communications Manager.

The Red Cross is assisting the people displaced by the fire.

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