Kennewick residence unstable after reports of a fire and explosion
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Firefighters, medics and police are at the scene of a residential structure fire in the Tri-Cities area where several people reported hearing a loud explosion followed by heavy plumes of dark smoke.
According to officials from Benton County Fire District No. 1, crews were dispatched to a residence on the 74000-block of E Grand Bluff Loop after the explosion was called in by several concerned community members.
Upon arrival, firefighters found that smoke and flames were focused in the house’s garage, extending into the attic. At this stage, regional firefighters fear for the structural integrity of the home as the roof and attic were described as “extremely unstable.”
Nine units are on the scene from Benton County Fire District No. 1, No. 4 and the Richland Fire Department. At this stage, they don’t believe that any neighboring structures are in danger and no one has been injured as a result of this situation.
Benton County fire officials will conduct an investigation to uncover the cause of the fire once their initial suppression efforts are complete. However, they don’t have any leads at this point in the process.
All community members are being asked to avoid the area so emergency vehicles can make their way in and out without a hassle.
This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued once further details are revealed.
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