SPOKANE -- Flames destroyed the second floor of a Hillyard home Friday evening.
Firefighters responded to the home on 5000 block of North Regal just after 7 p.m. They saw smoke pouring from the roof, then saw a small explosion inside. Firefighters say shortly after the explosion they saw flames coming from the second floor.
Several engines responded. Firefighters used a ladder truck to dump water on the flames from above. Crews also cut ventilation holes above the heaviest area of fire-involvement so firefighters could attack the fire from the back of the house. Crews attacked the fire from the outside for almost an hour until it was safe to resume a more aggressive attack.
Firefighters remained on scene throughout the night and morning taking protective measures for the occupant's property.
A teenage boy was home at the time. Firefighters say he used a tarp to cover some of the family's belongings on the first floor. He was also treated for some minor smoke inhalation on the scene. The boy's brother, mother, and grandmother also live at the home but where not there at the time. Two cats that were in the home are assumed to be dead.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital for a musculosketal injury and was released later Friday night.
Firefighters say the Red Cross is helping them with a place to stay.
An investigator was expected to arrive on scene Friday night. Firefighters tell KREM 2 the family reported some recent electrical problems at the home.