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Apartment fire injures resident in northeast Spokane

Thu., June 10, 2010, 9:29 a.m.

Fire investigators this morning returned to the scene of a north Spokane apartment fire that injured a resident and drove two others out of their homes late Wednesday night.

The injured resident at 428 E. Indiana Ave. suffered a minor burn, smoke inhalation and a cut. She was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment following the 11:34 p.m. call, Spokane fire officials said.

The American Red Cross was helping the displaced residents with temporary housing, food and clothing.

A spokeswoman for the Red Cross said it was the third fire in 36 hours in which displaced residents were being helped by the agency.

Firefighters reported that the one-and-a-half story building was filled with heavy smoke when they arrived, but they extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes.

They ventilated the roof and searched the building to make sure no one was caught inside, firefighters said.

The fire was stopped in the upper unit and portions of the roof, but it significantly damaged the unit’s interior.

Fire investigators are seeking the cause.

Twenty-two firefighters in seven fire rigs went to the fire.

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