One person dies in early morning fire

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 7:43 a.m.

One person has died after an early morning apartment fire in the Hillyard neighborhood.

Just after 1 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to reports of smoke coming from the window of a second floor apartment in the 4100 block of N. Cook St. First arriving units reported flames from a second story window and made entry to the apartment.

Crews were able to put the small fire out in less than five minutes and discovered a female deceased in the room. The fire did not extend out of the involved apartment and no other civilians were harmed. There were also no firefighter injuries.

The American Red Cross responded to assist four adult tenants temporarily displaced by the fire and the investigation.

The Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit was requested in conjunction with the Spokane Police Department Major Crimes Division to perform an investigation in to the cause and origin of the fire.