No people hurt, one dog killed in Spokane Valley apartment complex fire
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — No one was hurt when a Spokane Valley apartment complex caught fire Saturday night, though one dog was killed.
The first crews to respond found flames on the first, second and third floors an apartment complex at 210 S. Farr Road around 7:15 p.m.
Crews upgraded the fire to a second alarm, bringing in more personnel and equipment to help fight the flames.
A ladder crew cut a hole in the roof while other crews attacked the flames from the outside. Meanwhile, firefighters searched all three floors of the complex to make sure no one was trapped inside. All people got out safe but one dog was trapped inside.
Two residents were treated for smoke inhalation.
Six apartment units on the second and third floors were damaged by the fire. Anyone who was displaced by the damage is welcome to go to a shelter set up by the Red Cross at North Pines Middle School. It opened at 11 p.m. Saturday at 11900 E. Broadway Ave.
According to the Spokane Valley Fire Department, the fire started on a third floor balcony and quickly spread when burning material dropped onto the floors below.
Crews have not said what caused the fire but in a release, SVFD Captain Craig Warzon said the department “would like to remind everybody to properly dispose of smoking materials.”
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