LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - On Thursday morning firefighters responded to an apartment fire in Liberty Lake at the Big Trout Lodge Apartment complex in the 22-thousand block of East County Vista Rd. Firefighters tell KHQ that the fire started while a man was smoking in bed on the third floor.
Firefighters also tell us the man who started the fire jumped from his apartment to escape the flames. Luckily he didn't break any bones however fire officials say the man does suffer from smoke inhalation. The Red Cross is assisting at least 3 families affected by the fire.
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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPT:
At approximately 0530 this morning Spokane Valley Fire units responded to an apartment fire at 22809 E Country Vista Dr. Engine 3 was responding to another call when they noticed a large smoke column as they crested the I-90 overpass.
Recognizing the fire's higher priority Engine 3 immediately called for a full fire response, diverted to the fire, and requested another unit cover the other call.
Upon arrival Engine 3 found flames showing from a 3rd floor apartment. An offensive attack was initiated while occupants were being evacuated from adjacent apartments. Liberty Lake Police Officers assisted fire crews with evacuation and laying hose lines. The fire was knocked down quickly and did not extend into the attic space.
The occupant of the apartment jumped from the 3rd floor window. He was treated for smoke inhalation and transported to the hospital. There were no other injuries.
The fire was confined to the apartment of origin and was heavily damaged. Two other units incurred smoke damage. Damage is estimated at $50,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.