Terrace Heights family displaced after their home catches fire
TERRACE HEIGHTS, Wash.- A Terrace Heights family is displaced after their home caught fire Sunday Afternoon.
Firefighters say they arrived at the 5500 block of Channel Road at around 1:50 p.m. on Sunday to find the roof of the home fully in flames.
They say the two homeowners were able to get out of the house safely after they said they heard the fire crackling in the attic.
However, those fully developed flames created a difficult situation for firefighters.
"That creates a pretty unsafe environment for guys to go inside underneath it and to do any work. And so the challenge was getting people here right away and focusing on what the priorities were, and that was getting control of the fire as soon as possible," said Tom Schneider, Shift Commander of Yakima Fire Department.
On a positive note though, the homeowners were not alone in this difficult situation. As quickly as firefighters brought items out, neighbors quickly came together to help put them inside a nearby garage.
Schneider says around 50% to 60% of the home is damaged and will require reconstruction.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.