Kennewick firefighters nullify residential fire, warn of fire safety


KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Kennewick Fire Department (KFD) responded to a residential structure fire on Sunday evening that gave them a reason to warn the community about proper fire safety and the importance of smoke alarms.

According to a release issued by Kennewick firefighters, crews responded to the 600-block of S. Hawthorne St in Kennewick around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Occupants of the home reported that smoke was stemming from their attic, forcing fire crews to bounce into action.

When they arrived, Kennewick fire crews reportedly noticed flames emerging from the roof and heavy smoke stemming from the attic. They quickly began their investigation to ensure that everyone was out of the building safely and confirmed that all eight occupants and their pets were evacuated from the building. Meanwhile, team members attempted to perform fire suppression activities in the smokey attic.

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Firefighters pulled soffit and ceiling sheetrock out of the wall to access the attic and attempt to put out the fire. They received backup from fire crews of the Kennewick Fire Department, Pasco Fire Department and Benton County Fire District #1, who were each on the scene for over an hour attempting to put the flames out.

According to the Kennewick Fire Department, significant fire damage was done to the attic and roof of the home while water damage and fire debris also damaged the contents of the home. However, the KPD’s investigation was inconclusive as they couldn’t pinpoint the cause of the fire at this time.

This caused the Kennewick Fire Department to issue the following comments regarding fire safety and updated smoke alarms:

The Kennewick Fire Department encourages all citizens to ensure working smoke alarms are inside each bedroom, outside of each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Additionally, the audible alarm on smoke alarms should be tested at least once per month to ensure it is working properly, and the batteries in smoke alarms should be replaced once a year, and the device itself should be replaced every ten years.

By taking these precautionary steps, you can help your family and home remain safe from fires for years to come. An early response to a fire can be the difference between a small mishap and losing a home more permanantly.

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