Kennewick realtor helps prevent woman's home from burning

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A local realtor helped prevent a woman’s house from burning down Monday afternoon, and potentially saved her life. 

Cindy House-Miskho was driving near the 200 block of South Harrison Street when she noticed smoke coming from a nearby property. Due to heavy smoke coming from the backyard, she assumed a house was on fire.

“I stopped my car immediately, ran, beat on the door as hard as I could. No one answered, so I opened the door. Thank goodness it was unlocked,” Miskho said.

She heard the homeowner in the shower and told her to get out of the house.

The woman appeared to be in shock and apparently tried to exit through the back of the home, House-Miskho said she helped steer the woman in the right direction.

Then she grabbed the woman’s two dogs, took them outside and went to the back of the house, where she found the fire was isolated to a pergola. 

She started spraying the home with water so the fire wouldn’t spread to the structure and attempted to put the fire out. A neighbor saw what she was doing and went to help, House-Miskho said. 

Firefighters with the Kennewick Fire Department arrived a short time later and quickly put out the flames. They said a propane tank exploded as a result of the fire. The cause is still under investigation.

The homeowner apparently burned her feet when she tried to exit her home and was transported to Trios Health, according to the Kennewick Fire Department.

A fire official on scene said House-Miskho saved the homeowner from a potential catastrophe.

House-Miskho said she was previously a volunteer firefighter in Leavenworth.

She as a volunteer firefighter, she would “just kind of jump into mode and you don’t even think about it. So that’s what I did.”

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