Two families displaced after evening fire

AC Brian Schaeffer #509-625-7002

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:35 a.m.

Two families (3 adults, 2 children and 1 dog) were displaced last night after a fire caused heavy damage to an upper level duplex unit.

At 7:13 p.m., crews from the Spokane Fire Department responded to structure fire located in the 400 block of E. Augusta Ave. The first arriving crews found significant fire involvement in the upper level of a multi-story duplex.

Quick action by fire crews contained the fire to the upper unit. Crews remained on scene to complete overhaul tasks which included checking for any remaining hotspots and removing debris.

The incident caused heavy fire and smoke damage to the upper duplex unit and water damage to the lower duplex unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.

All occupants inside the apartments were able to safely evacuate and the American Red Cross responded to assist the families. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.