The Spokane Valley Fire Department quickly knocked down a house fire on the 500 block of S. Dartmouth around 8 Wednesday morning.
Upon arrival, firefighters saw light smoke coming from one corner on the front of the house and immediately upgraded the incident to a working fire. Crews quickly knocked down the main body of the fire, which was in a bedroom, then made sure the fire hadn't spread to the adjoining attic and wall spaces.
All occupants were out of the house by the time firefighters got there. They said they'd arrived home to find smoke in the house. The family let their three dogs out. Firefighters were able to save a hamster and parakeet that were still in the home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters say that due to the bedroom door being closed, fire spread was greatly reduced. The fire department is reminding residents that closing doors, especially bedroom doors at night can give you precious time to escape and potentially decrease the amount of property damage in a fire.