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Two hurt, nine without a home in Yakima house fire

Two injured, nine without a home in Yakima house fire

YAKIMA, Wash. - Nine people are now without a home and their pets after a house fire hurt two people.

Action News has learned firefighters battled flames at 1211 S 29th Avenue that fully engulfed a home housing nine people, according to Yakima Fire Department (YFD) reports. Firefighters responded around 2:40 a.m., Tuesday, to find visible flames from the home.

Officials said all nine people living in the house were able to escape, but one person was burned before they were able to get out. Reports said another suffered a medical emergency and medics took the two to local hospitals for treatment.

Family members said they also lost their pets due to the fire.

The family woke up when they heard popping noises inside the house and thought an intruder broke into the home, reports said. When family members went to investigate, they found the blaze spreading quickly inside the house.

Fire crews said they did not locate any functioning smoke alarms at the residence. “the family was extremely lucky to get out of the home,” said Jeff Pfaff of YFD.

YFD firefighters put out the flames in just over an hour, and reports said crews remained at the scene to investigate and extinguish hot spots for five more hours.

The fire completely damaged the house and a motorcycle, and also caused damage to two vehicles and a travel trailer. Firefighters believe the blaze caused $175,000 worth of damage to the home and $25,000 of damage to the vehicles.

The Red Cross is helping the family over the next couple of days while they are without a place to live.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of this fire.

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