Duplex Structure Fire

Tour Commander, 509.625.7100

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:09 p.m.

Last night (April 7), at approximately 7:40 pm, the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) responded to the area of East Princeton Avenue /North Division Street to a 911 report of a house on fire. While en route, several companies reported copious amounts of heavy black smoke emanating from the area. Firefighters arrived within minutes and found a residential duplex with heavy fire on the building's exterior moving into the structure's interior. Additionally, several passenger vehicles were involved on the building's side, with the most severe fire involvement. Initial companies took immediate measures to aggressively attack the fire while other companies simultaneously searched the entire structure. It took 29 firefighters only ten minutes to control the fire and complete a search of the building. 

The fire displaced three adult females. All three are women have accepted assistance from the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of Red Cross. No injuries to civilians or firefighters occurred; however, a cat was found deceased in the basement of the building. ?The structure sustained heavy fire damage to the exterior and interior of one of the duplex's units. Unfortunately, smoke damage did occur through much of the structure's living and storage areas. Four vehicles also sustained significant damage as a result of the building fire. 

The fire's cause is currently under investigation by the SFD Special Investigations Unit. Preliminary information suggests that the nature is accidental and cause related to improperly disposed of smoking materials as the probable cause. ?

Lastly, please remember if you do smoke, smoke outside. Also, always use deep, sturdy metal ashtrays. Never throw cigarettes in vegetation, potted plants, or directly into trash cans, as these can all easily catch fire.