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Blaze at residential hotel damages 10 rooms

Thu., July 9, 2009, 8:28 a.m.

Residents of about 25 rooms of an Airway Heights residential hotel were relocated to other rooms after a fire broke out early Thursday morning.

The fire started in an electrical room in one wing of the Airway Express Inn at 3809 S. Geiger Blvd., said Nick Scharff, chief of Spokane County Fire District 10. About 40 firefighters responded to the call, which came in around 4:40 a.m. No one was injured.

Scharff said fire and smoke damage was limited to about 10 rooms, but the power was blown in the entire wing. The hotel has several wings, and each has its own electrical room.

“It could be days, if not weeks, to get the power restored there,” Scharff said.

The American Red Cross is at the hotel assisting the displaced residents.

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