Two houses destroyed after early morning house fire

Cause under investigation

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Noon

One resident was treated for smoke inhalation and two firefighters sustained minor injuries after a house fire in the 100 block of E. Sinto Ave. The firefighters were transported to a local hospital and released following evaluation.

Just after 2:00 a.m., multiple Spokane Fire Department units responded to the reported house fire. First arriving companies found a well involved 1-1/2 story structure with fire extending to a 2-1/2 story structure immediately to the west, as well as a small detached garage to the east. Large columns of smoke and flames could be seen from as far as the South Hill neighborhood.

“The quick action by arriving police officers and our firefighters to strategically minimize the threat and save lives is why this aggressive fire wasn’t more of a tragedy,” says Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.

The fire was upgraded to a second alarm to add additional resources to the incident. The fire destroyed the two homes and a detached, single-car garage received minor damage.

The American Red Cross responded to assist multiple displaced residents.
Investigators with the Spokane Fire Department's Special Investigation Unit and the Spokane Police Department are working to determine the cause of the fire.