Five residents lose home to fire in East Yakima

Five residents lose home to fire in East Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. - Five residents are without a home after a house became engulfed in a fire in East Yakima.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to a brush fire Wednesday around 8:07 a.m. at 1623 S. 16th Street.

Two additional crews responded along with two initial fire crews after callers later reported the fire had spread to the nearby house.

Firefighters reported flames in the yard spreading to the inside of the house and reaching the attic upon arrival. All occupants evacuated the home before any crews had arrived.

Homeowner Vernon Sperry tried to fight the fire himself before he called 911.

"Any kind of regard for myself at that point was done. I'm more worried about the house and the people in the house," Sperry said.

Fire officials said the fire was difficult to extinguish due to the old age of the house and the additions to the house. Crews completely extinguished the fire in roughly an hour.

No injuries were reported and investigation was completed around 11:50 a.m. to ensure the fire was completely extinguished according to reports.

Red Cross is assisting the five displaced residents.

YFD reports said the house is a total loss after it was engulfed in the flames. Crews estimate the amount of damage to be nearly $45,000.

Firefighters said the home had no working smoke alarms.

YFD is investigating the cause of the fire after initial reports stated the fire started outside the home.

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