House catches fire near North Central HS

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 2:36 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Crews contained a fire at a home in North Spokane late Friday morning.

The home is near the intersection of W. Maxwell Ave. and N. Post St., not far from North Central High School.  Fire officials said a man called 911 and reported his house was on fire.

The first crews on scene reported smoke coming from the eaves of the two story wood structure.  The fire was confined to the attic and crews had to pull the ceilings on the main floor to expose and extinguish it, according to SFD.  Officials said as other crews arrived, they cut a hole in the roof to let the smoke and fire escape the attic.

There were no reports of injuries to civilians. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with a shoulder injury, authorities said.

An SFD investigator determined that the fire was caused by smoking materials discarded into a flower pot. The material in the pot caught fire and flames traveled up the inside of a porch column into the attic.

The roof and attic sustained heavy smoke and fire damage. Crews quickly covered the occupant's furnishings with tarps before pulling ceilings to prevent damage to them, according to officials.  Losses from the fire were estimated at $15,000.

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