Updated: Tri-City firefighters extinguish home, brush fires

May 26, 2014 

Tri-City firefighters stayed busy Monday, putting out a house fire in Richland and Kennewick and a few brush fires.

A Richland home was damaged Monday afternoon after a fire got into the attic.

Once firefighters were able to access the fire in the attic of the home on the 1600 block of Venus Circle, they were able to extinguish it quickly, said Ted Ricci, battalion chief for Richland Fire Department.

Kennewick firefighters were able to vent the roof, allowing the heat and smoke to escape, Ricci said. The fire, which was called in at about 3:30 p.m., was out about 20 minutes later.

No one was injured, but there was smoke and heat damage to the main floor of the home, Ricci said.

The cause is under investigation, he said. Kennewick Fire Department and Benton County Fire District 4 assisted.

And two fires were extinguished in Kennewick before noon Monday.

An upper-story room caught on fire in a home on Kennewick Avenue near Lyle Street at about 9:17 a.m.

One of the residents smelled smoke and evacuated herself and the rest of the family, said Mikal Barnett, battalion chief with Kennewick Fire Department.

The fire was contained to a room on the second story, he said. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire and ventilate the home by about 9:32 a.m. The first floor and basement were fairly clear of any damage.

The cause remains under investigation, Barnett said. No one was injured.

Benton County Fire District 1 assisted.

Later Monday, a small grass fire started in some trees and brush near Shopko off of Columbia Center Boulevard at about 11:54 a.m., Barnett said. The fire was extinguished by about noon.

An off-duty police officer saw a car leaving the area with some smoke and stopped the car, he said. It appears the fire may have been started by a carelessly discarded smoking material, although it still is under investigation.

Richland Fire Department assisted.

Benton County Fire District 1 also put out a brush fire near Ayres Road east of Kennewick on Monday afternoon. No more information was immediately available about that fire.

Barnett said residents should check to make sure their smoke alarms are working. It’s something that should be done monthly.

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