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Police investigating deadly Browne’s Addition apartment fires as arson, court documents show

Aug. 19, 2021 Updated Thu., Aug. 19, 2021 at 9:14 p.m.

Firefighters prepare to enter the smoldering ruins of the Tiffany Manor apartments Monday at the corner of Second Avenue and Spruce Street in Browne’s Addition. The apartments at 2304 W. Second Ave. were destroyed overnight, taking the lives of two people inside. The large historic home at 2314 W. Second was heavily damaged as well.  (JESSE TINSLEY/Spokesman-Review)
Firefighters prepare to enter the smoldering ruins of the Tiffany Manor apartments Monday at the corner of Second Avenue and Spruce Street in Browne’s Addition. The apartments at 2304 W. Second Ave. were destroyed overnight, taking the lives of two people inside. The large historic home at 2314 W. Second was heavily damaged as well. (JESSE TINSLEY/Spokesman-Review)

The fire that killed two women in a Browne’s Addition apartment complex earlier this week is being investigated as a potential arson, according to court documents.

The Tiffany Manor fire displaced every resident there and spread to a neighboring apartment building after it broke out early Monday.

Investigators wrote in a search warrant filed Thursday that they have not determined whether the fire in Browne’s Addition was set on purpose or was accidental.

No one was named as a suspect in the documents, although a tenant told detectives he heard an argument around 11:30 p.m. Sunday between someone he recognized as a tenant and three unfamiliar people.

The 11-unit complex erupted into flames around 2 a.m. Monday.

The seemingly spontaneous blaze displaced every resident. The two victims, Sherri L. Vick and Peggie Titus, died of inhaling combustion products, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The tenant who told detectives he’d heard an argument lived in the unit next to Vick.

Fire investigators continued to collect evidence and statements Thursday.

The fire was reported at about 2:45 a.m. Monday at 2308 W. Second Ave. It quickly spread to the apartment building next door, 2314 W. Second Ave., where all the residents escaped safely.

GoFundMe pages for Vick and Titus were created by their family members.

Vick’s page had raised $2,855 as of Thursday afternoon. Titus’s page had raised $5,260.

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