Fire forces six from west central home

No one injured; fire began on second-floor balcony

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Fire Chief, 509.625.7002

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 9:09 a.m.

Six people escaped injury when a fire on the second floor of a west central Spokane home forced them to evacuate early Sunday.

Flames were showing from the front of the home and extending into the attic when firefighters arrived just after 1 am. Firefighters searched the home and confirmed that three adults and three children had escaped the fire and made it safely out of the home.

Several units of the Spokane Fire Department worked for five hours to ensure the fire was extinguished and posed no threat to the nearby homes. The fire’s origin was determined to be a second-floor balcony on the front of the home. Investigators are planning to continue their investigation later today.

The second-floor living space and roof were severely damaged. Firefighters used tarps to keep personal belongings on the first floor from receiving extensive water damage. Total damage was estimated at $45,000.

The Red Cross responded to assist the displaced occupants with lodging and personal needs.