Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:42 a.m.
Sunday at around 01:20 AM, Spokane Fire Department (SFD) was dispatched to the 1200 block of E. Illinois for a reported house fire.
Occupants were reported still inside the structure, including a juvenile. The first company arrived within four minutes and found a 1 ½ story house with heavy fire from the first floor.
SFD crews began an aggressive fire attack and search. Six victims were either able to self-evacuate or were rescued by SFD crews.
The fire was quickly placed under control while search and ventilation efforts continued. One minor was found in a first floor bathroom and was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. Four adults were transported with non-life threatening injuries. One adult refused transport.
SFD fire investigation unit determined the fire to be accidental in nature. The cause was combustible items too close to a working fireplace. Smoke detectors were reported to be present and working. Total loss is estimated at approximately $100,000.
SFD would like to remind everyone that smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so, you can get outside quickly.