N. Spokane duplex fire likely caused by improperly disposed smoking materials

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Three women were displaced when their home in North Spokane caught fire Wednesday evening.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but preliminary information suggests it was related to improperly disposed smoking materials.

The duplex, located near E. Princeton Ave and N. Division St, caught fire around 7:40 p.m. Heavy black smoke could be seen in the area and when firefighters arrived, they found the fire moving from the exterior into the duplex’s interior.

It took 29 firefighters 10 minutes to control the fire and complete a search of the building.

All three women impacted have accepted assistance from the Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of the Red Cross. No one was injured, but a cat was found dead in the basement.

The structure sustained heavy fire damage to the exterior and interior of one of the duplex’s units. Smoke damage did occur through much of the structure’s living and storage area, and four vehicles were also damaged.

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