Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit team members are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a downtown apartment building early last Saturday morning. It happened on the 300 block of W. 2nd Avenue just after 1:00 a.m., according to Public Safety Communications Manager Michele Anderson. A fire was reported inside a second floor apartment and spoke was spreading throughout the upper floors of the four-story apartment building. Anderson went on to say that the sprinkler system had activated and a fire was found and extinguished inside the apartment.
One person was treated at the scene for slight smoke inhalation, according to SFD. There were no reported injuries to firefighters. Fire investigators and Spokane Police have questioned a person of interest. Anyone with information about the fire should call 509-625-7000. The American Red Cross responded to help displaced occupants. Anderson said that when crews started evacuating residents, they found that most of the people living in the building did not leave when the fire alarm sounded. The Spokane Fire Department would like to remind to always do the appropriate thing when a fire alarm sounds and evacuate to a safe location outside the building.