Fire damages four apartments in northeast Spokane

<p><p>A Wednesday night fire damaged four apartments in northeast Spokane.</p></p><p><p>At 9:29 p.m., firefighters responded to a call at 6900 N. Wiscomb St. When firefighters arrived, they saw flames on top of the apartment building’s roof.</p></p><p><p>Spokane Fire Department Deputy Chief Rex Strickland said five fire engines, three ladder trucks, two battalion chiefs and a safety officer initially responded.</p></p><p><p>Because of the snow and near-zero temperatures, firefighters called for additional resources. Strickland explained that cold temperatures can slow firefighter reflexes and make it harder to attack a fire quickly.</p></p><p><p>Three more fire engines and a ladder truck drove to the scene, although Strickland said they ultimately weren’t needed.</p></p><p><p> Strickland said firefighters put out the blaze quickly. The damage was contained to the attic and roof of the building.</p></p><p><p>“We’re really proud of the folks that responded to the fire last night,” Strickland said.</p></p><p><p>The cause is under investigation.</p></p>