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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Crews put out apartment fire in Logan neighborhood on Wednesday

Spokane fire crews extinguished an apartment fire in the Logan Neighborhood on Wednesday morning, according to a fire department release.

Fire crews arrived a few minutes after 6 a.m. to the 900 block of East Augusta Avenue where they found light smoke coming from an apartment building and a working fire in the kitchen of a unit.

Firefighters and paramedics provided care to a single female occupant for minor smoke inhalation. She was later transported to a hospital and was in stable condition, the department said. The woman was the only person displaced as a result of the fire, Deputy Chief of Operations Julie O’Berg said.

An initial investigation revealed the fire was caused by combustible materials that were too close to a space heater, although an official cause of the fire has not been released. The fire department is investigating.

Smoke and water damage was limited to the fire’s origin in the kitchen, O’Berg said.

The fire department said a house fire in the Garland Neighborhood on Monday may have also been caused by a space heater that was too close to combustible materials.

The Spokane Fire Department urged the community to follow the following guidelines for using space heaters:

  • Ensure space heaters are at least 3 feet from any material that can burn.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet from space heaters and open fires.
  • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room, house or going to sleep.
  • Keep space heaters on solid, flat surfaces.
  • Keep space heaters out of doorways or high-traffic areas.
  • Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets, and do not use extension cords or power strips.