Pasco — Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in Pasco this morning but not before it destroyed a storage shed and caused heat damage to two nearby homes.
Battalion Chief Dave Hare with the Pasco Fire Department said the cause of the fire is unknown and is in the early stages of investigation. However, he urged people to take caution given the recent number of wildfires and home fires that have affected the Tri-Cities in recent weeks.
"Even with the cooler temperatures (today) we still expect pretty extreme fire behavior," he said.
Hare said fire engines were called to the home at 228 N. Owen Ave. at about 9:30 a.m. and it was brought under control in less than 30 minutes.
The 10-feet-by-10-feet shed was a total loss, Hare said. The residence the shed belong to received some heat damage as did a neighboring home. No one was injured nor will be displaced by the fire. A few trees close to the shed were singed by the flames.
Remigio Perez was at home with his seven children, aged eight- to 13-years-old, when neighbors alerted them to the blaze, leading him to call 911. The shed contained a mattress, clothes, Christmas decorations and picture frames. The family rents the home and Perez, through a translator, told firefighters he has insurance.