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Person killed in Spokane Valley condo fire

August 20, 2018

One person is dead and several residents were displaced as a result of a fire Sunday night at the Central Park Condominiums in Spokane Valley.

The fire started around 8:30 p.m. at 6019 E. 6th Avenue in building K. When the Spokane Valley firefighters arrived to the scene, crews observed smoke and flames coming from the roof of a three-story condo.

Amy Turpin, a board member of the Central Park Homeowners Association, said she rushed to the scene after receiving a text that the building was on fire.

“The whole thing was up in flames,” she said. “The fire was so high up in the sky, it was incredible.”

Firefighters took a defensive approach to the fire – which was upgraded to bring more resources to the scene – with more than 22 fire trucks, command and support vehicles responding from the Spokane Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 8.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control and evacuated residents from the building.

Turpin said once the American Red Cross arrived to the scene, they obtained lists of residents living in the building to ensure they were accounted for and relocated them to a clubhouse.

Firefighters contained the fire to the western section of the building, preventing it from spreading to the surrounding 48 condo units.

Damage was reported to more than 12 condo units, with nine condos heavily damaged or destroyed by the fire, according to the fire department.

The American Red Cross assisted with relocating displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and will likely take several days to conclude because the damaged building needs to be stabilized for safety before continuing investigation, according to the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

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