23 apartments burned in 3-alarm Spokane fire

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Twenty-three apartments have burned in an early morning fire in Spokane.

Fire Chief Bobby Williams told The Spokesman Review (http://bit.ly/p65vya ) that all residents escaped unharmed from the Wednesday fire that started around 7:40 a.m.

Williams says the fire had too much of a head start before firefighters arrived, with a large amount of smoke and flames. So they poured water on the fire from the outside and turned some of their attention to protecting adjacent buildings.

Twenty-two of the units had people living in them at the time of the fire.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com