A Kennewick brush fire fueled by wind Sunday morning spread to a home and storage shed, with a couple of burning embers traveling to neighboring properties.
No one was injured in the fire, which Kennewick crews controlled in about 30 minutes.
The one-story house reportedly sustained minor damage.
Dispatch received the first of multiple calls at 10:21 a.m. for a grass fire and potentially house fire at 4405 S. Washington St.
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Fire Capt. Rusty Bachman said he was the first on scene at 10:30 a.m. after responding from the downtown fire station.
The home is in the southeast corner of the city near 45th Avenue.
A neighbor first noticed the fire and alerted the family while the flames still were in the backyard, he said.
Neighbors and passers-by then helped the residents by using water from garden hoses until firefighters arrived.
Bachman credited them with keeping the fire "from seriously extending into the house. If it wouldn't have been for their actions, we probably would have had a more significant structure fire. ... They kept the fire in check long enough for us to get there and put it out."
About 27 firefighters battled the flames, which moved across the backyard and down the fence line toward a shed. The fire also went up one corner of the home, burning the siding and into the eaves, Bachman said. Crews had to break through the roof into the attic to make sure the fire had not traveled inside.
Flying embers sparked two spot fires on other properties in a wood pile and a bush. One of those spots was more than 200 feet away, Bachman said. The wind was "a big issue," reaching an estimated 15 to 20 mph, he said.
The cause of the fire is undetermined.