Fires keep Benton County crews busy Monday

By Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldApril 7, 2014 

A barn was badly burned but no one was injured in a late Monday afternoon fire, officials said.

BOB BRAWDY — Tri-City Herald

Firefighters responded to two blazes within minutes of each other just before 5 p.m. Monday.

A house at 92506 N. Harrington Road was a total loss after a fire started in the attic, said Benton Fire District 4 Chief Bill Whealan.

No one was home and no firefighters were injured.

"It was fully involved when we got there," he said.

Larry and Malvina Goodwin of West Richland own the two-story home, valued at $381,000, according to online property records from the Benton County Assessor's Office. The Goodwins bought the nine-acre property in 1983.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Whealan said.

Benton Fire District 2, Franklin County Fire District 3, Prosser Fire District 3 and the Richland and Kennewick fire departments also responded.

A barn was burned to a shell, but no one was injured in a separate fire 12 miles away, officials said.

The fire started when residents at 65618 Sunset View Private Road SE were burning out an irrigation pond to prepare for filling it with water, said Benton Fire District 1 Capt. Devin Helland.

The wind then shifted, causing the fire to get out of control and go into a barn.

Several tons of hay and a farm tractor were damaged in the fire, Helland said.

Benton fire districts 1, 2 and 4 responded.

The fire departments are fortunate to have mutual aid agreements with one another, Whealan said. Monday was a particularly busy day for fires. He said his department typically takes three calls a day, but fielded 10 on Monday.

"We were all stretched pretty thin," he said.

-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; gfolsom@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom

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