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Cheney apartment fire damages two residents, displaces residents

January 6, 2019

Residents of an apartment complex in Cheney were displaced after the wall between two units caught fire Sunday afternoon.

Aaron Bollar, a Battallian Chief at the Cheney Fire Department, said the fire damaged two units on the second floor of an apartment complex at 1312 1st Street in Cheney. When the fire started, only one of the units was occupied and the residents tried to use a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze.

He said everyone got out of the building safely, but the residents of the apartment will not be able to return to their unit tonight due to electrical damage. Bollar said once the department is able to make contact with the landlord for the complex, he hopes they’ll be able to move the residents to a different apartment.

He said fire fighters were able to keep the fire contained to the living room wall between the two units. The garage space on the first floor and third floor units were not seriously damaged, but the wall dividing the two apartments and electricial system in that area was significantly by the fire, smoke and firefighters efforts to put it out.

He said the cause is still under investigation.

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