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Morning house fire injures 1, displaces residents

Investigators trying to determine cause

A man is being treated at a local hospital after a house fire in northwest Spokane caused extensive damage to a residence around 4 a.m., the Spokane Fire Department said.

Crews were called to a home in the 5000 block of North Greenwood Boulevard early Thursday, according to a news release. A man was reported to be trapped in the basement of the home, where smoke could be seen billowing from an open garage, the news release said.

Firefighters initially tried to enter the basement, but the smoke and heat forced them back outside, the news release said.

The man was able to escape and was taken to Holy Family Hospital with smoke inhalation symptoms, the Fire Department said. Three other occupants were uninjured, according to the news release.

The fire caused an estimated $75,000 worth of damage to the basement and first floor of the home, the Fire Department said. Investigators remain on-scene this morning attempting to determine the cause of the blaze.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents, according to the news release.