Cause of north side fire suspicious

No one home when fire reported

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Fire Chief, 509.625.7002

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2:07 p.m.

The Spokane Fire Department is investigating a suspicious fire that damaged a home in north Spokane. No one was home, but the damage was extensive.

A caller reported seeing smoke and flames in a home at 4017 N Martin about 5:30 pm on Saturday. The first-arriving engine reported fire coming from all of the doors and windows of the approximately 500-square-foot house.

Firefighters searched the home and determined the occupants were not home at the time of the fire. Other crews quickly brought it under control.

The department’s Special Investigations Unit considers the cause of the fire to be suspicious. Damage was estimated at $50,000.