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Woman found dead in north Spokane house fire

Staff report
An elderly woman was found dead in a house fire in north Spokane tonight. District 9 firefighters responded to reports of a fire at 6428 N. Smith St. around 7 p.m., according to Mike VanHeel, the district’s deputy chief of operations. The unidentified woman was dead in the single-family, one-story home when responders arrived, VanHeel said. Investigators hadn’t determined if she had died before the fire started. She was the only person inside and there were no other injuries. Investigators were on scene late tonight to determine the cause of the fire, which VanHeel said started in the attic of the home. The living room was also damaged. Because of the death, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and medical examiner also responded to the scene.
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