Early Morning Fatal House Fire in West Central Spokane

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Monday, April 22, 2024 at 8:23 a.m.

On Saturday April 20, 2024, at 4:10 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1700 block of Howard. Reports to 9-1-1 indicated porch on fire. 911 caller was unable to access the front door due to fire conditions. Engine 3 arrived in less than four minutes and observed heavy fire coming from the front of the house.

Fire crews made access to the interior of the house from the second floor in the rear of the house and began the search for victims. Crews faced challenging conditions but quickly found four victims. Two adults and two children were found and rescued from the 2nd floor of the house. The incident commander elevated the incident to a second alarm due to the ongoing rescues and advancing fire.

Medical interventions were immediately started on all victims by Spokane Fire and AMR crews. One adult male was declared deceased on scene. One adult and two children were transported in critical condition.

The Spokane Fire Department Special Investigations Unit remains on scene investigating with the Spokane Police Department to determine the cause of the fire.

More information, including the deceased identity, will be disclosed in collaboration with the Spokane Police Department after the investigation. Updates will be provided as new findings emerge.

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