A fire this afternoon caused significant damage to a home on Spokane’s South Hill.
The blaze, reported shortly before 5 p.m., started outside the home at 1708 E. 10th Ave., then spread into the attic, said Spokane Fire Department Battalion Chief Joel Fielder. Before firefighters got it under control, the fire badly damaged the front and east side of the single-story home.
James Farley was at the home he shares with is mother, Betty Farley, when he smelled smoke. At first, he said, he thought it was someone barbecuing. He then saw some smoke outside. He tried to put the fire out himself, but it was too late. He and his dog got out of the home safely. His mother, who grew up in the house, was not at home, he said.
The family is insured, Farley said. The cause is under investigation.