All local crews called out to battle Yakima house fire

YAKIMA FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE -- The Yakima Fire Department battled a fast growing and stubborn house fire early Tuesday morning on the 500 block of North 3rd Street.

Initial crews and the Battalion Chief arrived to find a two story, single family residence with a large amount of fire and smoke coming from the front of the building.

Crews attempted the knock the fire down from the exterior until a sufficient amount of crews arrived to allow an interior attack on the fire.

Due to the size of the building and amount of fire, all City of Yakima personnel, 6 engines and the Battalion Chief, and neighboring departments (West Valley, East Valley, Union Gap and the Training Center) were called for assistance. A total of 9 engines and 4 chief officers (34 people) assisted on the fire. The fire is under investigation at this time. The fire's rapid growth was attributed mainly to the interior wood paneling.

The ten occupants of the building had managed to escape the rapid growing fire and were outside the building when fire units arrived. One occupant on the second floor had to jump from a window to escape the smoke, heat and flames. The adult female was transported by Advanced Life Support to Memorial Hospital where she was treated for smoke inhalation and trauma from jumping from the window; she has been released from the hospital. The occupants are being assisted by family and friends.