Six animals perish in East Central house fire

SPOKANE, Wash. - Six animals perished in a house fire near the intersection of Napa St. and Hartson Ave. in East Central Spokane Friday morning.

Fire crews responded to the house fire at 1914 E. Hartson at 10:42 a.m. Friday and found a one and a half story home with heavy smoke and flames pouring from the first floor.

Firefighters went inside and found no people in the house, however they did find that six animals -- four dogs and two cats -- had perished from the heat and smoke. The occupant of the home arrived shortly after the fire was reported and confirmed no one other than the animals was inside the residence.

While the fire on the main floor was extinguished, the fire up in the attic was more difficult to get to, forcing fire crews to break out the chainsaws and cut away sections of the roof so they could get to the fire.

In all, 32 fire fighters responded to the help knock down the fire, which did substantial damage to the home. The residence is uninhabitable until extensive repair work is done throughout the house. The damage is estimated at approximately $60,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.