Family displaced after North West Spokane house fire

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 8:40 a.m.

Three adults and one child were displaced after a fire damaged their home last evening.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to the 6200 block of N. Alberta St. after a report of a house fire. Upon arrival, crews found a single-family residence fully involved in fire. The occupants of the home were able to safely evacuate prior to the crew’s arrival.

Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and conduct a search of the home. Firefighting efforts were effected after a propane tank located behind the house caught fire and power lines to the structure burned leaving live electrical lines down next to the home.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide housing assistance for three adults and one child of the home.

The fire caused severe damage to the entire first floor with the exception of one bedroom that had its door closed. That bedroom sustained almost no damage.

“The minimal damage to the one bedroom highlights the importance of having your doors closed,” says Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. “We know a closed door can be an effective barrier against deadly levels of carbon monoxide, smoke and flames and can truly save your life.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.