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Mayfair Professional Building Fire

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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Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

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


Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

A Spokane firefighter pulls hose during a fire at the Mayfair Professional Building at Mayfair Street and Central Avenue, Friday, July 5, 2013.


When fire crews arrived at 4:25 p.m., they found drifting white smoke coming from the west side of the two-story building.

Bobby Williams, Spokane Fire Chief

Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

Spokane firefighters pour fire retardant into the lower level of the Mayfair Professional Building. A short time later, the building erupted in flames.


Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

Before the Mayfair Professional Building burst into flames, a Spokane firefighter breaks a window with an axe to help vent the 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.

Bobby Williams, Spokane Fire Chief

Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

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.


Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

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.

Tom Sowa, S-R reporter

Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

Spectators and media shoot video and photos as the Mayfair Professional building erupted in flames Friday.


Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

After burning the bottom two floors, the fire quickly moved to the eaves and roof of the Mayfair Professional Building, Friday, July 5, 2013.


Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

Water from a Spokane Fire Department ladder truck water cannon overshoots the Mayfair Professional building, Friday, July 5, 2013.

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