Firefighters, police searched for teen son following Yakima house fire
YAKIMA, Wash. - An 18-year-old son was found at school after firefighters extinguished a house fire that damaged a bedroom.
Firefighters arrived at 702 S 25th Avenue, around 4:46 p.m., October 11 on reports of a house fire. The father, who was found standing on the porch, said he could not find his son who he believed was in the home at the time, Yakima Fire Department (YFD) reports said.
Firefighting units searched the house and were unable to find the young man. Fire crews said thick smoke made it difficult to see more than five feet ahead.
Following their initial search, crews began to put out the flames which firefighters said started on the mattress in the son's room.
YFD crews successfully extinguished the blaze but were unable to find the son upon another search in the home.
The 18-year-old's father said he is known to leave the house without notice and his current location is unknown, according to reports.
UPDATE: Yakima police and the family continued to look for the son, who was discovered to be safe at school Thursday morning.
The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.