Woman injured trying to stop West Spokane apartment fire

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- One woman was injured early Monday after a fire sparked at a West Spokane apartment complex. Officials said the fire damage was limited to primarily two units of the 16-unit complex.

Firefighters responded just before 5 a.m. to the New West Apartments at 7723 W. Sunset Highway.

Officials said fifteen people lived in the wing of the complex affected by the fire and all were accounted for and managed to escape safely with firefighter assistance.

When they arrived, flames shot out of the building.  They quickly cut holes in the roof of the building and doused the flames with water.  They managed to have the fire out in just over an hour.  They also did two sweeps of the buildings to make sure all renters were not in harm’s way.

Authorities said the fire started in an apartment where a mother and a few children lived.   The woman had attempted to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but was unable to stop it from growing.  She suffered a laceration on her hand from breaking the glass case which held the extinguisher.  Otherwise, no other injuries were reported.

Investigators said the woman’s apartment is a total loss, while the apartments below her suffered water damage.

Officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department and the American Red Cross is assisting anybody who is displaced. Crews said they plan to stay on scene all morning protecting homeowners' belongings from additional damage.
 

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