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Under-construction hotel parking garage near Sacred Heart Medical Center catches fire Friday night

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018

An under-construction parking garage caught fire across the street from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center on Friday night. No one was reported injured.

The building, 675 S. McClellan St., is owned by Spokane South Medical LLC. The multi-story parking garage is attached to a 109-room, six-story Hampton Inn & Suites, also under construction. The hotel was not damaged by the fire.

Workers began construction of the two structures in February 2016.

Michele Anderson, spokeswoman for the Spokane Fire Department, said fire crews arrived to find a very difficult to access, well-established fire on the third floor of the structure, where furniture and finished materials for the hotel had caught fire.

Crews were evacuated at one point and the ceiling partially collapsed.

Anderson said the fire is under investigation, and that “construction materials don’t just automatically start on fire.”

The fire department is working with Sacred Heart to access surveillance footage, said Trisha Wolford, assistant chief for the Spokane Fire Department. Nobody, including fire crews, are allowed into the structure at this time. An inspector will look at the damage in the coming days to determine whether the building will need to be torn down, Wolford said.

Jennifer Semenza, a spokeswoman for Sacred Heart, said the incident did not trigger safety protocols at the hospital. Sacred Heart “regularly trains for a variety of emergency scenarios, including situations that could necessitate patient evacuations … Fortunately, the fire near the hospital campus last night did not require any of these emergency plans to be activated and there was no impact to patient care,” she said.

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