Attic fire displaces occupants and their pets

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:14 p.m.

Just before 8 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to the 1100 block of E. Columbia Ave. on a report of a residential structure fire.

The occupants of the home were able to evacuate and call 9-11 after discovering smoke coming from the attic and filling the house. One of the occupants suffered from smoke inhalation and was later transported to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist three adults and their pets who were displaced after the fire.

The fire caused significant damage to the attic and moderate damage to the residence. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.

The Spokane Fire Department would like to remind the community of the importance of having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms. Smoke alarms provide an early warning signal which could allow everyone in the home to safely evacuation.