May 2, 2013 in City

House fire displaces family, firefighters rescue pets

By The Spokesman-Review
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Firefighter Bridget Luby, left, holds an oxygen mask on Chief, a ten-year-old cat belonging to Haley Major, right, outside the heavily damaged house on 8th Ave. near Napa St. Thursday, May 2, 2013. The cat was rescued from the home.
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Five people are displaced after a fire burned a portion of their South Hill home today.

The fire is believed to have started around 2:20 p.m. in the property’s back yard along the 1800 block of E. 8th Avenue. It spread to the exterior walls of the home and portions of the attic, Spokane Fire Battalion Chief Steve Sabo said.

One person was home when the fire started, he added, but that person got out and there were no injuries.

Crews rescued three dogs and a 10-year-old cat named Chief, who required an oxygen mask made especially for pets. Firefighters found him hiding in the basement.

“I was scared he wasn’t going to make it because he was downstairs,” Haley Major, 20, said of her cat. “He’s a scaredy cat. He’s scared of everything.”

Chief is expected to be okay.

Investigators are still investigating the cause of the fire.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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