Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief, 509.625.7002
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 3:32 p.m.
An afternoon fire Tuesday on the north side of Spokane caused extensive damage to an apartment building.
At 3:54 p.m. on April 5, the Fire Dispatch center received a 911 call for a fire at the Cedar Spring Estate IV apartments, 7808 N. Morton St. The first arriving apparatus reported a large amount of fire on a second floor exterior balcony with fire extending into the apartment.
The crews started with an exterior attack on the fire and then made entry for fire extinguishment. Crews were able to contain damage to the one apartment. A search was made of the involved apartment and adjoining apartments with no occupants at home.
There were no injuries reported to civilian or fire personnel. The fire caused extensive damage to the apartment unit and roof; losses are estimated at $100,000.
A total of 52 fire personnel responded to the incident including automatic aid assistance from Fire District 9.
The Spokane Fire Department SUI has determined the cause to be improperly discarded smoking material.