August 4, 2012 in City

Victim in downtown fire will go to Harborview

Staff reports
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Medics treat the victim of an apartment fire at Second Avenue and Browne Street after he was rescued by Spokane firefighters on Saturday morning, Aug. 4, 2012.
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One person was severely burned in a downtown apartment fire Saturday, Spokane Fire Department officials say.

The fire started in a third-story unit in a brick building at Second Avenue and Browne Street, Battalion Chief Mike Thompson said in a news release. Twenty-five firefighters in eight companies responded to an 8:42 a.m. report.

Firefighters entered via a fire escape to a window at the back of the building, and they found the occupant of the unit there amid heavy smoke and flames. The unidentified victim was taken to a local hospital and prepared for transport to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Thompson said.

It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the blaze. There was no damage outside the room in which the fire started, Thompson said, estimating the damage at $20,000.

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