UPDATE: Fire crews still investigating U-Haul fire that forced evacuations

Image Courtesy of the Kennewick Fire Department

UPDATE on 6/8/2022 at 2:07 p.m. — The Kennewick Fire Department (KFD) has released more details about a vehicle fire that happened early Wednesday morning.

KFD says the call came in around 1:37 a.m. Initial reports say a commercial vehicle was on fire and the flames were threatening a nearby apartment complex around the 2600-block of West Bruneau Avenue. Additional fire crews were dispatched from Richland Fire and Emergency Services and Pasco Fire Department at this time.

The first KFD fire crew arrived on scene within five minutes of the initial report. According to KFD, a 15-foot long U-Haul box truck was completely engulfed in flames.

The box truck was positioned just three feet away from the second story eaves and balcony of a nearby apartment building, and flames were erupting from the cargo portion of the truck.

According to KFD, all occupants in the apartment building were alerted of the fire before first responders arrived on scene, and occupants were in the process of being evacuated when crews arrived.

Officials say the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes of the first arriving crew on scene. The quick response from KFD helped prevent the fire from spreading to any of the nearby apartments.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and officials are still investigating the incident.

The original article has been left unaltered from its original publication.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Kennewick Fire Department is investigating after a U-Haul box truck caught fire early Wednesday morning, June 8.  

The fire department was dispatched to 2600 block of Bruneau Place around 1 a.m.  

According to KFD, some residents in the nearby apartment building were evacuated, but no one was injured.  

The fire was quickly put out. Officials are now looking into the cause.