Spokane firefighters initially sent to wrong address in fatal fire

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on August 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 30 at 9:14 PM

SPOKANE -- Spokane Fire Department officials revealed Monday that they were originally sent to the wrong address when responding to a fire that turned out to be fatal.

Officials say the first 911 call to report the fire came into the dispatch center at 1:12 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to fire officials, both police and fire responded to the house after 911 call. Police arrived on scene at the correct address, 1003 East Ermina, first and confirmed a man was dead inside the home before firefighters arrived.

Fire officials say the wrong address was initially given to responding firefighters. Within minutes, officials report many responding engines and companies were redirected to the correct address, and after 10 minutes and 22 seconds of the 911 call, all fire personnel arrived on scene. The assistant fire chief says it should have taken half that time.

By the time firefighters got the call, witnesses were already reporting flames shooting out the windows. The fire was reported extinguished within 15 minutes. The male victim's body was found near at exit in the home. Three dogs were also found dead inside the residence.

The fire destroyed the 700 square-foot single-story home, and partially damaged a house and garage next door.

This is the fourth fatal fire in Spokane in 2010.
 

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