Fire burns exterior of northeast Spokane hom

No one injured; cause under investigation

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Fire Chief, 509.625.7002

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4:45 p.m.

Firefighters contained a fire to the exterior of home in northeast Spokane this morning. No one was injured and Spokane Fire Department investigators are working to determine a cause.

Neighbors reported smoke and flames coming from the rear of the residence at 517 E. Liberty at 7:49 am. The first arriving fire crews confirmed that flames were showing.

The majority of the fire was confined to the exterior of the residence and involved the siding. It also initially threatened extension into the soffit and attic area. A total of 24 firefighters from four engine companies, two ladder trucks and one rescue quickly controlled the fire.

Several salvage covers were also utilized to minimize damage to the contents of the interior of the home. Damage was estimated at $5,000. Avista Utilities secured the natural gas meter and de-energize the electrical line that serviced the structure.