RICHLAND, Wash. -- A Richland man who was illegally burning in his backyard caused a house fire Wednesday afternoon.
Around 4:10 p.m., firefighters were called to Birch Avenue near Richmond Boulevard where heavy flames were coming from the home. Crews quickly put out the flames and the home did not appear to be a total loss.
Battalion Chief Ron Duncan with the Richland Fire Department said a resident was burning materials when the fire got out of control and spread to a tree, which ignited a home and a car and damaged a powerline.
Duncan said burning within the county was not allowed at the time due to high winds, and man who started the fire may be cited.
Richland police and the Benton County Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating.