Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 9:25 p.m.
At approximately 6:11 p.m., the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) responded to a house on fire in the 200 block of E. Longfellow Ave. All occupants were reported to be out of the home before fire department crews arrived on scene. Multiple pets including two dogs, five cats and two lizards were still inside the residence.
First arriving crews found smoke coming from the front and rear of the residence with heavy fire involvement in the kitchen and extension into the attic. Firefighters were able to get a quick knockdown of the fire. SFD crews were able to remove all of the pets from the residence unharmed.
The fire caused extensive damage to the living area and attic. The home will not be able to be occupied and the American Red Cross is assisting the eight residents with housing.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit.