Firefighter: Family lighting fireworks in West Richland spark trees near home

Firefighter: Family lighting fireworks in West Richland spark trees near home

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. – Fourth of July fireworks caused a fire that burned several trees and damaged a fence about 30 feet from a West Richland home, said Kyle Jagelski, a volunteer training officer with Benton County Fire District 4.

The family who lives at the home on Grand Teton Court and East Lattin Road said they didn’t realize the fireworks they were setting off were aerials.

So when they set them off, the fireworks launched into the air and caught roughly 10 trees on fire along a fence that surrounds the home, said Jagelski.

Fire crews arrived to several trees on fire and a neighbor hosing down the flames. Jagelski estimated that flames reached as high as 12 to 15 feet.

The fire was put out in less than an hour, with damage isolated to the fence and the trees.