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Fire in vacant East Nora building deemed suspicious

Spokane Valley fire officials this morning said that a blaze at a vacant building along Interstate 90 started outside the building and is considered suspicious.

The 4:04 a.m. fire at 13412 E. Nora Ave. was spotted initially by a neighbor who reported it. Firefighters arrived to see light smoke coming from the building and found the fire on the south side of the building.

The fire burned a hole through the exterior wall and worked its way along the wall to a bathroom where a water line to a toilet burst open, helping firefighters knock down the blaze.

Six fire rigs with two dozen firefighters went to the scene. No injuries were reported.

The building has been used as both a residence and commercial structure in the past and has been vacant for about two years, said Bill Clifford, public information officer for the Spokane Valley Fire Department. He said a for-sale sign was posted in front.