Fire destroys N. Spokane apartment unit

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 5:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 10:46 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- An overnight fire in North Spokane damaged several apartment units.

It started just after midnight at the Wedgewood Park Apartment Complex on East Wedgewood Avenue.

The fire sparked in an apartment on the main floor. The flames and smoke quickly spread to surrounding units.

Witnesses say flames were erupting out of the building, which sent neighbors scrambling.

“There was an old lady on the second floor crying hysterically about her apartment being damaged. There were people coming out everywhere. The assistant manager came out, and everyone was evacuating. There were people everywhere-- pets everywhere,” Iliana Fumero said.

Spokane’s Ladder 8 battalion chief said he’s proud of his crews, who were able to knock the flames down within an hour. Despite their efforts, one unit was completely destroyed.

No one was injured in the fire, and most residents returned to their units once the fire was out.

The Red Cross stepped in to help residents in the affected units.

The fire’s cause is under investigation, but the fire department believes it may have started in the kitchen.  They said the total amount of damage was around $45,000.

 

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