A fire at the Mayfair Professional Building in north Spokane escalated to a three-alarm blaze Friday afternoon, forcing firefighters working on the blaze to abandon the building.
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The Mayfair Professional building bursts into flames during a three-alarm fire at Central Avenue and Mayfair Street, Friday, July 5, 2012. A dentist working in the office smelled smoke and called 911 shortly before 4 p.m. Responding firefighters had entered the building, but were forced to pull out when the blaze escalated
When fire crews arrived at 4:25 p.m., they found drifting white smoke coming from the west side of the two-story building.
Smoke coming from the west wall then quickly turned dark black and poured from the building in large puffs, the result of a spike in internal pressure.
When the Mayfair Professional Building at Mayfair Street and Central Avenue started showing black smoke, firefighters evacuated the building. A short time later, the building erupted in flames, Friday, July 5, 2013.
Within two minutes the entire west wall erupted into 40-foot-high flames. The blaze consumed the west wall and spread to the north-facing wall of the office building.