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Tue., June 7, 2011, 9:04 a.m.

Whimsical Pig burns in two alarm fire

The poor Whimsical Pig. The apartment complex with the unique name has been a magnet for trouble lately. Nearly two weeks ago an allegedly drunk driver plowed into the complex, hitting a fence, a truck and a carport. The damage from that is still evident. And last night the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a two alarm fire at the complex.

The call came in at 6:45 p.m. and an AMR ambulance crew nearby reported seeing flames going up three floors, said Capt. Pat Schaffer in a press release. The first crew on the scene found a fire on a balcony that had gone up the outside of the building and into the attic.

No one was injured but two apartments were heavily damaged and several others were filled with smoke. Electrical issues caused by the fire forced the temporary relocation of residents of 10 apartments. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the damage is estimated at more than $100,000, Schaffer said.  

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Nina Culver
Nina Culver joined The Spokesman-Review in 1995. She currently is a reporter for the City Desk covering breaking news, courts and public safety on the night shift.

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