East Kennewick home catches fire, causes evacuations

Kitchen appliance eyed as source of blaze, first responders say
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Courtesy: Kennewick Police Department

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Flames tore through an East Kennewick home late Friday, according to the city’s police department.

Officers say the fire started Friday night inside a mobile home in Garden Vista Park, located at 402 E 10th Ave, west of S Gum St.

Police were on hand to help the Kennewick Fire Department. While firefighters worked to put out the fire, police worked to get the people out of harm’s way.

“Luckily all residents were able to safely evacuate,” read a post added to the police department’s Facebook page at 11:17 p.m. indicating there were people inside the home when the fire started. “Out of an abundance of caution, Officers temporarily evacuated neighboring units until the fire was under control.”

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Courtesy: Kennewick Police Department

Police said that it appeared as if “a kitchen appliance started the fire and quickly got out of control.” Ultimately, the fire department will determine the cause of the fire — if one can be determined based on the evidence and witnesses at the scene.

Officers used the late-night fire as an opportunity to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors and any fire extinguishers at home; they could save your life one day (or fail miserably in the event of an emergency, when you need them most) so make sure they’re in good working order.

This post will be updated to reflect any new information provided by the fire department once firefighters are done with the call and ready to pass along additional details.