Yakima firefighters rescue small child from duplex fire

Yakima Fire Department
Yakima Fire Department

YAKIMA, Wash. — Firefighters saved a small child from a fire that fully involved a Yakima duplex on Friday morning.

According to a press release issued by the Yakima Fire Department, crews were called to the 1200-block of S 41st Ave at 4:48 a.m. on June 4. Upon their initial search, firefighters located a small child who they expect to be around 2-years-old in a portable crib.

They quickly removed the child from this building and performed mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths until Advanced Life Systems paramedics and fire crews began administering aid. Yakima fire officials say that the child was transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Officials say that the child was deemed stable at the hospital before being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for further treatment.

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Authorities say that no other injuries were reported in the incident, but there was serious fire damage. The garages of both duplex units were deemed a total loss. Additionally, there was significant damage to the structure and its contents that are expected to cost $400,000.

The fire is still under investigation by local fire officials. Additionally, the West Valley Fire Department responded to the scene in a ” mutual aid capacity.”

Fire crews were on-location for roughly 4 hours with 19 different firefighters responding to the structure, per YFD officials.

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