Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11:17 a.m.
Saturday, July 17, at approximately 1800 the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) responded to the area of Nelson Street and Euclid Avenue to a report of two houses on fire. While responding, the nearest company reported significant amounts of smoke coming from the area. Firefighters arrived within two minutes and found two homes on fire: one with heavy fire on the building's exterior and most of the interior, and the second home's exterior on fire that had already extended into the attic. Initial companies took immediate measures to attack the fire while other companies simultaneously searched both structures. Due to the large amount of fire from two houses, a Second Alarm was requested to bring more fire companies to the scene.
The fire displaced a total of four adults, two dogs and two cats. One occupant who suffered smoke inhalation was treated at the scene and released. No firefighters were injured.
The origin structure sustained heavy fire damage, the second home sustained fire damage to the exterior, attic, and roof as well as smoke damage throughout.
The fire's cause is currently under investigation by the SFD Special Investigations Unit. 38 firefighters responded to the incident. Loss is estimated at over $500,000.
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