Firefighters evacuate four from duplex fire

Cause of fire under investigation

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Fire Chief, 509.625.7002

Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 10 p.m.

Spokane Fire Department investigators are trying to determine what started a fire that caused significant damage to a northeast Spokane duplex. Firefighters helped four people asleep inside the duplex evacuate the home without injury.

Fire crews were called to 511 E. Longfellow about 11:30 pm Saturday and found smoke and fire showing from the back of the structure. Fire was spreading into the attic when crews searched both sides of the duplex and found one individual in one side and two adults and one child in the other. All were sleeping and unaware of the fire.

All of the occupants were safely evacuated and under the care of the Spokane Chapter of the American Red Cross. The fire was quickly extinguished. Damage was confined to the back of the duplex and the attic and estimated at $50,000.