Finley fire destroys trailer, 6 vehicles

July 22, 2013 

A fire in Finley destroyed a trailer and about six vehicles, but firefighters were able to save a shop from the flames.

Capt. Devin Helland of Benton Fire District 1 said firefighters were called to the blaze just after 4 p.m. It was burning among the vehicles in an open field just south of the intersection of Finley Road and Highway 397.

Almost 40 firefighters worked on the fire for more than four hours. Helland said the 100-degree temperatures were a challenge, requiring medics to check firefighters periodically.

The blaze’s distance from the main road also was a challenge.

“Our difficulty was getting water to it,” he said.

The cause is not known. Helland said it will be investigated. There were no injuries.

Franklin Fire District 3 and Benton Fire District 4 provided water tenders, while the Pasco and Kennewick fire departments provided firefighters and engines.

Helland said the area is in extreme fire danger because of very dry and hot conditions and urged people to be cautious.

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