Flames engulfed a boat, spread to a Kennewick home and garage

Image credit: Fire Chief Chad Michael, Twitter

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Firefighters rushed to a residential neighborhood in Kennewick on Friday morning for reports of a boat that was engulfed in flames and spreading to a nearby garage.

According to the Kennewick Fire Department, crews were sent to a house fire reported on the 700-block of W 27th Ave around 5:47 a.m. on August 5. The person who placed a 911 call said that flames could be seen coming from the roof of this home and a boat that was stored next to it.

Seven minutes later, firefighters arrived at the scene and found the boat fully involved in flames. They also spread to the outside wall and eaves of the nearby garage.

The first group of responders focused on preventing the flames from spreading through the garage into the rest of the home. The next group of firefighters to arrive worked to extinguish the fire on the boat and search for anyone inside the home to help them escape from harm’s way.

After 15 minutes, the fire was brought under control. Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hefner said the boat, which was deemed a total loss, was susceptible to creating a lot of smoke and large flames.

“A boat like that is often made of fiberglass,” Deputy Chief Hefner explained. “It burns at over 1,000 degrees and puts out a lot of flames and a lot of smoke so there were a fair number of folks that saw the incident, called it in which is good because we were able to get there quickly and extinguish the fire.”

No one was home at the time of the fire and investigators are still working to find its cause.

Kennewick fire officials wanted to use this as an opportunity to remind community members that calling early if the best way to save lives and protect property when you notice signs of a fire.


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