House fire damages home's basement

Family of six escapes uninjured

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Fire Chief, 509.625.7002

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1:23 p.m.

The Spokane Fire Department is reminding people to check and install working smoke detectors after a family of six escaped an early morning fire in the basement of their home with no injuries.

Firefighters were called to a home at 4230 East Central about 4 am today with heavy smoke showing from the windows and eaves of a single-story, wood framed structure. The fire was burning in the basement, and firefighters extinguished it within 30 minutes.

Two adults and four children made it safely out of the home and are being assisted by the local chapter of the American Red Cross. No working smoke detectors were found in the home and two of the young children were sleeping downstairs when the fire started.

Cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was estimated at $40,000. Fire damage was confined to the basement with smoke damage throughout the home.