Walla Walla F.D. crews put out fire on second story of residence
UPDATE: Walla Walla police arrested a 25-year-old woman, the daughter of the homeowner, for arson after she allegedly lit the home on fire after a family dispute. We’ve left this article unaltered. To read our most recent update, click the related link below:
WALLA WALLA Wash. — Crews from the Walla Walla Fire Department and Walla Walla County Fire District 4 put out a fire on the second story of a residential building before it spread and damaged the structural integrity of the home.
According to a press release issued by WWFD fire officials, crews were called to the 1200-block of Whitman St at 8:31 p.m on Wednesday, June 16. for reports of a fire stemming from upstairs at a residential, two-story building.
First responders recognized light smoke stemming from the second floor of the building and rushed inside to assess the situation. They were able to quickly investigate and locate the source of the smoke. After identifying a working fire on the second floor, firefighters began an aggressive attack to supress the flames and prevent the spread of these fires.
By 8:41 p.m., just 10 minutes after arriving, fire crews were able to successfuly put the fire under control. However, the source of the fire has not been determined just yet. Therefore, an investigation is still underway by local fire officials.
The property, which is owned by Chad Van Donge, sustained an estimated $18,000 in damages in the fire. Thankfully, no civilians, occupants or firefighters were injured while containing the spread of these flames.
Walla Walla fire crews say that the home did not have any functioning smoke alarms at the time of the fire. This largely contributed to the spread of the fire as an alarm would’ve helped signal that something was wrong before the smoke and flames spread.
Local fire officials are using this instance as an example of why it’s important to check your smoke alarms and ensure that your home is protected in case of an uncontained fire.
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