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Abandoned east Spokane business catches fire

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane firefighters responded to a fire in an abandoned building in east Spokane early Wednesday morning. Firefighters found the entire interior of the building up in flames. 

It was reported around 4:00 a.m. at N. Helena and East Riverside in the old Tormino's Sash and Glass building, which had already burned in 2017. That fire devastated the business, which did not have fire sprinklers or a fire alarm system at the time. Firefighters said 'there wasn't much crews could do it save it' in 2017.

The building has been abandoned ever since, with boarded up windows. It's not yet clear how Wednesday morning's fire got started but a security guard in the area tells KXLY4 there have recently been problems with homeless people entering the building and camping there. 

Firefighters on scene say the roof has caved in and there are holes in the floor.

At least one power line has fallen in the area of the fire. Avista Utilities arrived around 5:00 a.m. to shut the power off and assess the safety of the wires. According to the company's website, as many as 2,000 were without power just after 5:00 a.m. That number has since decreased but traffic lights in the area of Sprague and Helena are still off. 

Watch Good Morning Northwest from 5:00-7:00 a.m. for live reports from the scene of this intense fire. 

 


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