A family of three was displaced Wednesday evening after a fire tore through their Spokane Valley apartment.
Spokane Valley firefighters were called to an apartment complex at 7012 E. Second Ave. at about 12:30 a.m., where they found smoke and flames coming from the back side of an apartment, firefighters said in a news release. The flames were quickly knocked down.
Firefighters credited the quick action of a child, who heard the sound of a smoke detector and woke up the rest of his family, for ensuring everyone made the residence out safely. Two children and an adult escaped the blaze.
The news release said the family had just replaced the battery of their smoke detector earlier that night.
The American Red Cross is assisting with a temporary shelter.
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