SPOKANE, Wash.- More than four dozen firefighters spent more than two hours Sunday morning battling a fire that engulfed a 56,000-square-foot building just east of the Spokane Community College campus.
The fire alarm at the American Linen Company on Waterworks Street began sounding at about 5:00 a.m. according to the Spokane Fire Department. First responders reported heavy, black acrid smoke, visible from miles away.
Firefighters upgraded the fire to a third alarm incident. Crews declared the fire to be extinguished at about 7:15 a.m. according to the Fire Department.
Fire officials said the fire heavily damaged the outside of the building as well as numerous areas in the roof and ceiling throughout the industrial sections of the building.
The Fire Department’s Investigation Unit launched a probe into the cause of the fire. Investigators said preliminary information indicated that the fire started on the outside of the building in large bins of textile materials, likely laden with oil residue.