The Kennewick Fire Department responded to reports of smoke in the area of Olympia Street and 10th Avenue at 10:04 p.m. Saturday. They didn't find the cause, but minutes later, callers reported smoke in the 1500 Block of Ninth Avenue, where they found a house at 1509 W. Ninth Ave., Kennewick, on fire.
Benton County Fire District 1 also responded to the call.
"Damage is pretty extensive," said Battalion Chief Tod Kreutz. "When the first units arrived on the scene, the fire was already venting out a window and was up inside the attic. Soon parts of the roof collapsed."
Despite concerns people were inside, firefighters confirmed no one was home at the time.
"There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters," he said.
It's not known whether anyone is living in the house or who owns it.
The cause of the fire still is under investigation. A preliminary investigation has been done and another, more through one, will be done today.
Incense burner may be cause of fire in Pasco
The Pasco Fire Department responded at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to reports of smoke coming up through the heater vents at a house at 1612 W. Brown St., Pasco.
"When we made entry, we saw it was a smoldering fire in a single bedroom downstairs. By the time we arrived, it had pretty much put itself out," said Lt. Jeff Eliason of the Pasco Fire Department.
The Kennewick Fire Department also responded but Eliason said the Kennewick units returned to their station a few minutes later.
The cause appears to have been an incense burner sitting on a dresser next to a closet, he said.
There were no injuries and damage was mainly to ceiling tiles in the closet and smoke damage.
Eliason estimated the damages at $10,000 or less.
"It's mainly cleanup," he said.