Firefighter injured battling downtown Spokane apartment fire

Multiple residents were displaced and a Spokane firefighter was taken to the hospital Wednesday after suffering minor injuries and dehydration while battling an apartment fire downtown.

The fire was reported in the Connell apartment building at 4th Ave and Bernard St. just after 7:00 a.m. The building is located just a few blocks from Lewis and Clark High School.

In total, about 50-60 personnel, including fire and medical crews, responded to the scene. Initially, thick smoke could be seen coming out of the building and flames were running up the walls.

The incident involved all three levels of the apartment building with multiple crews on each floor conducting operations. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to three apartments.

There were no reported injuries to civilians. The firefighter transported to the hospital was later released.

Fourth Avenue was closed between Bernard and Washington. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The Red Cross is opening an emergency shelter at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the former Jefferson Elementary School. The shelter will provide cots, warm meals, comfort and additional services to anyone displaced by the fire.

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