July 8, 2012

Suspicious Indian Trail fire under investigation

By The Spokesman-Review

Spokane Fire Department investigators continue to inquire about the suspicious fire of a home that was unoccupied and for sale when it burst into flames early Sunday.

Fire crews responded at 5:58 a.m. to 10310 N. Woodridge Dr. in the Indian Trail neighborhood. Upon arriving, they found heavy fire showing through the roof of the home built on a wooded hillside, Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer said in a news release.

Because of the threat of a wildland fire in addition to the home, crews were forced to fight the fire from the outside of the house until additional firefighters could arrive.

Eventually the fire was knocked down enough to allow firefighters to enter the home. Fire consumed about one third of the home, but it did not spread to nearby trees, Schaeffer said.

Crews fought the blaze for two hours and they sustained no injuries in the unoccupied home. Schaeffer said the home suffered significant damage but he did not have an estimate of the loss. The fire remains under investigation.

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