SPOKANE, Wash. Firefighters were told to stay back from a burning home in North Spokane because of possible gunshots on Sunday night according to officials.

The flames broke out at Barnes and Whitehouse just after 5:30 p.m.

Firefighters said they heard what sounded like several gunshots when they first arrived on the scene.

Flames were visible but crews were immediately told to pull back from the burning structure.

Fire crews could not get closer until Sheriff s deputies could clear the scene and make sure no one was targeting the emergency crews.

A witness told KREM 2 News that firefighters were finally able to open up the garage and said a big ball of fire came out.

Officials said the shots were likely spare ammunition inside the home that were exploding from the heat of the fire.

Witnesses reported seeing someone near the home deliberately setting the fire.

An official arson investigation with the Spokane Fire Department is underway.

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