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Boy started fire, officials say

A fire that injured a 5-year-old boy and several family members who attempted to rescue him from a burning northeast Spokane home was started when the boy lit a bed sheet on fire, the Spokane Fire Department said Thursday.

Fire officials determined the June 11 blaze at 1014 E. Princeton Ave. was accidental, caused when the child found a disposable lighter and lit a bed sheet hanging in a doorway in the basement.

Four family members were injured when they went back into the burning home to try and save Jerryth Wade Kilmer-Butler, who was trapped in the basement. Two firefighters were credited with rescuing the child, who had to be revived on the way to the hospital. He was treated for critical injuries and has since been released, fire officials said.

The family members were also treated and released.

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