Kids playing with lighter cause a Yakima duplex to catch fire

The City of Yakima Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a duplex in the area of 15th Ave and Swan Ave. The alarm time was 22:13 Thursday night.

The Battalion Chief arrived to find smoke coming from the front door.

Four occupants escaped without injury from the fire.

A rapid attack was made on the fire and just when it looked like the fire was under control, the attic ignited. Firefighters used a technique called a "Steam out" to counter the attic fire. Battalion Chief Mitch Cole said, "The steam out worked perfectly. It saved us a lot of time by keeping the fire from spreading in the attic."

The occupants had family to provide shelter and other necessities and so Red Cross was not activated.

Children playing with a lighter is listed as the cause of the fire.

One half of the duplex was severely damaged from the fire. The fire started in a bedroom and quickly spread to the attic. Smoke and heat damage occurred throughout the home.

Loss: 50,000
Number of Firefighters to Respond: 17

Departments Responded in a Mutual Aid Capacity: