SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A child died in a Spokane Valley house fire early Sunday morning.
It was just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday when the call for the fire on the 1000 block of E. Springfield came in.
Family members who had escaped the fire told authorities that their young daughter was still in the basement.
The fire was so intense that Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies, who arrived on scene first, could not enter the home due to severe heat and smoke.
Firefighters got there minutes later, but by the time they reached the room in the basement, the girl was already dead.
“The child was in the basement and the only way in and out was down the stairs, so that made it difficult to get in there more quickly. The Sheriff's Office wasn't equipped to get down into the heat and smoke,” said Melanie Rose, spokesperson for Spokane Valley Fire Department.
Three adults, including the girls parents, as well as two of her siblings, made it out safely.