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Girl, man injured in Spokane car explosion

A bomb disposal robot investigates a car that exploded today at the intersection of Garland and Howard streets in North Spokane. The explosion seriously injured a man and his 3-year-old daughter. (Tyler Tjomsland)
A bomb disposal robot investigates a car that exploded today at the intersection of Garland and Howard streets in North Spokane. The explosion seriously injured a man and his 3-year-old daughter. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Spokane police are investigating a car explosion that seriously injured a man and his 3-year-old daughter this afternoon.

The explosion was in a car on West Garland Avenue at Howard Street, in front of Sicilia Chiropractic PS. It happened about 2:17 p.m.

“We have an explosion but are still not sure exactly what transpired,” Lt. Rex Olson said. “We have a couple of people injured – non-life threatening – but they do have substantial injuries.”

The man and girl were rushed to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with burns, and the father was being prepared to be flown to the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Police and fire investigators are trying to determine what triggered the explosion.

“The information we’re getting from the person is he had some stuff in the front seat,” Olson said.

This story is developing and will be updated.


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