Photo of fire aftermath shows its ‘unspoken impact,’ says Spokane Fire Department

Fire burns part of a bookshelf
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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Fire Department is sharing a haunting reminder of fire safety.

Fire crews responded to a house fire earlier in 2019 – the home had working smoke alarms, the family escaped safely and no one was injured. Even so, the total loss of books, movies, stuffed animals and keepsakes served as a reminder of the real impact of fires.

The family allowed the Fire Department to share the photo, hoping it could help at least one family.

The often unspoken impact of fire. This photo was taken after a house fire that occurred in Spokane earlier this year….

Posted by City of Spokane Fire Department on Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Fire Department also pointed out the clear difference between the top of the bookshelf and the bottom, which was left unscathed.

That difference is called the line of demarcation, and clearly illustrates how smoke rises.

Based on the thick black smoke, the Fire Department says that temperatures most certainly exceeded 1000 degrees, meaning minimal survivability.