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Firefighters quickly extinguish South Hill retirement home blaze

Sat., Dec. 7, 2013, 3:55 p.m.

Due to rapid response by Spokane fire crews, a blaze at a retirement home on the South Hill resulted in minor damage to the building.

At 7:36 a.m., an automatic fire alarm was received from 2929 S Waterford Drive at the Touchmark apartment complex, according to a news release. Residents evacuated the 499-unit apartment complex as crews arrived from nearby Station 11.

The fire was contained to one wall, with smoke visible from the eves of the first, second and third floors, according to the release. One unit was involved and smoke was present throughout the floors.

More than 40 firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 35 minutes, according to the release. No one was injured.

The Spokane Fire Department said hard-wired smoke alarms, smoke-activated magnetic fire doors and automatic sprinklers in the building saved lives and prevented the spread of fire and loss of life.

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