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Fire devours Airway Heights manufactured home


Last updated 1/10/2019 at 4:56pm

An Airway Heights family was left homeless a mere two days after Christmas when their manufactured home on 12th Avenue and Loffler Street caught fire Dec. 27.

Though the property suffered significant damage, homeowner David Zarbok, his wife and three children escaped the home safely.  

The home was actively burning when firefighters arrived, primarily underneath the building, said Airway Heights Fire Department training chief Alex Turner.

Most of the damage was done to the back of the house, Turner said. The living room was not destroyed by fire, but the entire home was smoke-damaged and will likely be torn down.

Zarbok attributed the blaze to a problem with the water heater, but officially the cause is still under investigation.

“Owner statements indicated (the water heater) might have been the problem, but there’s no definitive proof,” Turner said.

A fundraiser for Zarbok, a truck driver, and his wife Christy, an Air Force veteran working at Fairchild Air Force Base, was set up by a friend of the family to help them get back on their feet. As of press time the campaign had raised about $4,000 of its $10,000 goal — $2,000 of which was donated by No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane.

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