Yakima firefighters battle blaze, three homes damaged

The people inside the homes were able to escape with their pets as the fire jumped from house to house.
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Yakima firefighters battled a blaze that damaged three homes Wednesday.

YAKIMA — Three homes were left damaged in a Wednesday afternoon blaze that drew the attention of community members across Yakima.

Fire Chief Aaron Markham of the Yakima Fire Department said the fire broke out at one home on the 600 block of Pleasant Ave. Markham said that fire quickly jumped to two other nearby houses, bringing several fire crews from across the city to battle the blaze.

Yakima firefighters said the people inside the first home were able to escape with their pets and no one was hurt.

Markham said crews attacked the fire from several angles in an all-out effort to stop the blaze and it took nearly an hour to bring the fire under control.

The cause of the fire is still not known and the investigation is ongoing.

The fire brought several people from around the community to the scene to find out what was happening.

Chief Markham said he was forced to block off the road from Tieton Dr. to Hanes St. and some of those who were watching the fire ended up blocking emergency vehicles from getting into the area. Markham asked that members of the community stay clear of active emergency situations so firefighters and first responders can do their jobs.

The cost of the damage is not yet known.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued once further details are revealed.