Update: Investigators determine cause of apartment fire

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A man and woman were critically injured in an early morning apartment fire today in Coeur d'Alene.

Coeur díAlene Police and Coeur díAlene Fire Department responded at 5:50 to a large structure fire in the 4200 block of Crown Ave.The apartment complex was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Kootenai Fire, Northern Lakes, and Mica Fire Department also responded. Twelve people were evacuated from their apartments by firefighters. Two dogs were also rescued.

Coeur díAlene Fire is reporting the twelve people were residing in a complex of four apartments. Eight of those twelve people were transported to Kootenai Medical for treatment. Six of the eight people were children. All of the children have been treated and released.

An adult male and adult female sustained critical injuries due to burns and smoke inhalation.

The Red Cross is currently on scene assisting with the victims displaced from their homes. The apartment complex sustained extensive damage. Police and Fire investigators are working to determine the origin of the fire. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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