A pellet stove is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Kennewick that left a firefighter with a minor injury.
The homeowner at 1032 W. 14 Place called 911 at 8:05 a.m. and reported a small fire started near the family’s pellet stove. Six minutes later firefighters arrived to find half of the home on fire, said Kennewick Fire Department Battalion Chief Tod Kreutz.
The homeowner told a 911 dispatcher the family safely evacuated from the house and took their pets with them.
A firefighter received a minor hand injury while extinguishing the blaze.
Fire crews put out the fire and were able to protect some of the upstairs bedrooms.
“The cause of the fire is not known at this time, but investigators are focusing on the area of the pellet stove,” said Kreutz. “Foul play is not suspected.”
The Kennewick Fire Department reminds people to keep all combustible materials away from all heating sources and to make sure fireplaces, pellet stoves and gas appliances are routinely checked for safety.