SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane fire crews are investigating a 4 alarm apartment fire that burned near 7th Avenue and Lincoln Street Tuesday afternoon.

Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams said, "This is one of the largest fires I have seen in quite some time."

The apartment fire broke out shortly after 4 p.m. 75 firefighters frantically worked to knock it down. The fire started in the attic and the majority of the damage was kept to the west end of the apartments.

Firefighters said there are 12 units that have been affected. All of the apartments sustained water damage while some of them are completely destroyed.

The apartment manager estimated about 24 people have been displaced. All those that do not have family to stay with during the night will be transported to Mirabeau Park Hotel. The Red Cross will also be helping victims.

Emergency personnel have closed secondary streets immediately surrounding the three-alarm fire at 7th Avenue and Lincoln Street on the lower South Hill.

Arterials remain open, but motorists should avoid the area, if possible, while firefighting efforts continue.

Some vehicles have been towed to make room for emergency vehicles and personnel. If your vehicle has been towed, please call Crime Check at 456-2233 after 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, vehicle owners should call 625-4100. Owners will need their VIN number or license plate number along with the make and model of the vehicle.

Fire crews expect to be at the scene at least for the remainder of the Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.