An elderly man’s Kennewick home was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, and he was taken to Trios Southridge Hospital for treatment.
Several neighbors called 911 starting at 10:16 a.m. to report the fire at the house on the 2000 block of South Quincy Street.
The entire house was on fire when the Kennewick Fire Department arrived, said acting battalion chief Tim Harkins.
The elderly man who lived there came out of the house, but then went back inside, Harkins said. A neighbor went in after him and helped guide him back outside.
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The resident appeared to have some minor burns in addition to inhaling smoke, Harkins said. The Red Cross was making sure he has a place to stay.
Firefighters needed about 15 minutes to get the fire under control. A garage attached to the approximately 1,000-square-foot house collapsed and neighbors’ cars parked nearby were damaged by the heat.
The house and its contents were a total loss, Harkins said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials are looking at the possibility it started in the kitchen.
When firefighters arrived the smoke alarms had been destroyed by the fire, and the investigation could determine whether they were in working order, Harkins said.
“It’s a good reminder to make sure your smoke detectors are working,” he said.
Benton Fire District 1, the Pasco Fire Department and Franklin County Fire District 3 helped the Kennewick Fire Department at the fire.