PASCO -- Firefighters have been called to battle flames at the Loyalty Inn in Pasco.
The call came into dispatchers about 1:30 p.m. today for the two-story motel at 1801 W. Lewis St.
Firefighters used three hoses to attacked the front of the motel, which is charred. Flames returned to public view at 2:30 p.m. as smoke went from yellowish brown to black.
There were reports the fire began in a garbage can. Later in the afternoon, law enforcement said there was a person of interest connected with the fire. Soon after, officers at the scene handcuffed a man and led him from the scene.
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Early estimates are that at least 20 units will be affected by the fire being fought by crews from Pasco, Kennewick, Richland, Benton County and Walla Walla County.
There were no initial reports of injuries. More than 50 people are watching crews fight the fire.
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