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Fires in Yakima leave one firefighter injured, in the hospital

Fires in Yakima leave one firefighter injured, in the hospital

YAKIMA, Wash. - One firefighter has been hurt after he fell through the floor while trying to put out a suspicious house fire.

Reports from the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) said 20 firefighters responded to three fires in Yakima within a two-day span, from March 31 to April 1.

The first fire was reported Saturday around 9 a.m., at an apartment building at 1113 Jefferson Avenue. Firefighters said flames spread to two apartment units, and crews were able to extinguish the fire in roughly 20 minutes.

Reports said the building was cleared and no injuries were reported.

Ten people lost their home in this fire. Red Cross is assisting the residents.

Firefighters believe this fire was started on the outside of this building. Investigators are asking anyone with information on this incident to call 509-575-6140.

The second fire of the weekend was reported at a house at 1510 Cornell Avenue, Saturday around 4:20 p.m.

Crews found fire in the crawl space and extinguished the flames. Reports said no one was inside, but firefighters said someone appeared to have been staying at the vacant home.

Firefighters investigated and boarded up the house.

Fire crews battled a third fire at the same Cornell address, Sunday around 9 a.m. Crews found a small fire inside the house, reports said.

Lt. Cody Burton of YFD fell into the floor after he stepped on the floor that gave way, around 9:20 a.m.

Burton was taken to Astria Regional Medical Center where he is being treated for five broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Reports said Burton is in stable condition, but is taking some time off while he recovers.

[Update, April 5] Lt. Burton has been released from the hospital and is at home with family, firefighters said. He is improving but has a long recovery ahead.

Crews extinguished this fire within an hour, reports said.

YFD officials said all three of these suspicious fires are being investigated to determine a cause.

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