Smoke alarm helps residents safely evacuate during house fire

Cause under investigation

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 8:28 a.m.

A smoke alarm installed earlier this year by the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) helped residents quickly evacuate during a house fire last night.

At approximately 7 p.m., SFD responded to the 300 block of S. Stone St. for reported smoke from the second floor of a residence.

First arriving units reported dense smoke from a second story window. The fire was located and extinguished in approximately 15 minutes with damage limited to primarily the second floor.

Occupants were able to quickly evacuate from the building after receiving notification by the smoke alarm. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained provide an early warning signal which could allow everyone in the home to safely escape.

No civilians, firefighters or pets were injured in this incident. The American Red Cross was requested to assist in providing shelter for six displaced residents from this event.

The fire is currently under investigation by members of the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigations Unit.