Firefighter and female resident treated for minor injuries after fire last night

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 12:59 p.m.

A firefighter suffered minor burns and a female resident was transported for smoke inhalation after a fire last evening. The female was detained for her possible involvement in causing the fire.

At approximately 7:00 p.m., fire crews from the Spokane Fire Department responded to the 4000 block N. Pittsburg St. following reports of heavy black smoke and fire coming from a residence.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke coming from the front door and significant fire throughout the first floor of the home. The incident was upgraded to bring additional resources to fight the fire. Firefighters conducted an aggressive search to ensure there were no occupants. The exceptionally cold weather created difficult conditions for firefighters and contributed to several issues with frozen breathing apparatus. Crews were able to contain the fire and worked throughout the night to ensure complete extinguishment.

A firefighter suffered some minor burns while fighting the fire and a female occupant from the residence was transported for smoke inhalation. The female was then detained for investigation of her involvement in causing the fire.

The fire caused severe damage throughout the structure.