Crews battle 4-alarm lower South Hill apartment fire



Posted on September 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 3:24 AM

SPOKANE-- Fire crews battled a 4 alarm apartment fire on Spokane's lower South Hill that started just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Chico Apartments are located on the 700 block of South Lincoln, near Lincoln Place.

The entire roof and the third story were fully engulfed in flames around 5 p.m. Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams said the majority of the fire was kept to the west section of the 12 units. He said four of the units sustained a lot of damage because firefighters had to pull the ceilings off.

Brian Schaeffer from Spokane Fire said all residents are accounted for and nobody is hurt.

Spokane Fire, Valley Fire and crews from Fire District 9 are on the scene. Firefighters ran into problems with overhead lines and narrow streets.

Electricity and gas to the building has been shut off.

Emergency personnel closed secondary streets immediately surrounding 7th Avenue and Lincoln Street on the lower South Hill.

Arterials remained open, but motorists were asked to avoid the area.

Some vehicles were towed to make room for emergency vehicles and personnel. The owners of the vehicles that were towed can pick them at Huckleberry’s at 926 S. Monroe.

The owners of the Mirabeau Park Hotel also own the South Hill apartment complex damaged in this afternoon's fire. We're told the owners will be working with the Spokane Fire Department to put the displaced residents into the hotel.