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Brush fire behind Spokane South Hill Target damages apartment building

A brush fire burning off of Palouse Highway near Target on Regal Street damaged a nearby apartment building Friday.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane firefighters battled a brush fire near Target on Spokane's South Hill Friday. The blaze damaged a nearby apartment building and a fire apparatus belonging to the Spokane Fire Department. No injuries were reported according to a release from the Spokane Fire Department.  

The fire was driven by 10-20 mile per hour sustained winds in dry grasses and light brush, according to the release. Several trees caught fire which carried the fire dangerously close to nearby apartments, commercial buildings and parked vehicles.  

Video tweeted by KREM photojournalist Roger Hatcher appeared to show flames spreading to nearby brush. 

KREM's Taylor Viydo reported that two fire hoses were damaged by flames after a shift in wind. Residents at the apartment building damaged by the heat said they are OK and the interors of their apartments are undamaged.

A Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warning are in effect for all of the Inland Northwest through Friday at 8 p.m. Spokane is expected to hit 103 degrees on Friday. 

Increased wildfire danger is a concern that KREM meteorologists have noted with extreme heat in the forecast. 

Air quality has also dropped into the moderate range for Spokane. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.