Fire blackens Pasco home

By Kristi Pihl, Tri-City HeraldJune 15, 2013 

PASCO -- One side of a Pasco home was blackened by a fire that started Saturday evening in nearby bushes.

The one-story home at 1527 N. 17th Ave. was severely damaged by the fire that started about 6:30 p.m., officials said.

The family was home at the time and were able to get out of the home before firefighters arrived. A family member said that none of them were injured, but did not want to comment further.

Don Donais, a battalion chief with the Pasco Fire Department, said the bushes were on fire when firefighters arrived. The fire spread up the side of the house and into the attic.

Firefighters created a hole in the roof to vent the attic fire, he said. Then, quite a lot of flames were visible.

Donais said crews from Pasco and Kennewick fire departments were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. It was under control by 6:49 p.m.

No fire spread into the main floor of the house, Donais said. The fire also did not spread to a neighboring home.

The 1,500-square-foot home was built in 1954, according to Franklin County records. The home was valued at about $85,000.

Property records show the owners of the home as Rafael and Angelica Fletes.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Donais said.

None of the 18 firefighters who responded to the fire were injured, Donais said.

The Benton and Franklin chapter of the American Red Cross was called to assist the family. Donais said the family had somewhere to stay but likely will need other help, such as clothing.

Conditions in the Tri-Cities are really dry this time of year, Donais said. That makes it very easy for a fire to get going.

Contributions to the Red Cross disaster relief fund can be delivered or mailed to 7202 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick, 99336. For more information, call 509-783-6195 or go to www.redcross.org.

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