Cigarettes discarded in a hole in a wall of a Kennewick home may have started a fire that broke out Monday as a man and two kids ate breakfast.
Kurt Dell, 38, returned to the house at 15 South Fruitland Street after a trip to McDonald’s and spotted flames in the bathroom wall, he said.
“I went into the bathroom and smelled something,” he said outside of the house. “I was thinking maybe my girlfriend left the curling iron on.”
As flames shot up towards the attic, Dell grabbed the two children and headed outside to call for help. Fire crews from Kennewick and Benton County arrived and it took them about 30 minutes to get the fire out.
Kennewick police blocked off a section of South Fruitland Street as firefighters worked the scene.
The blaze caused an estimated $10,000 worth of damage to the $60,000 home, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.
The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, though cigarettes were found in the wall above where the fire started, fire officials said. There was a smoke detector in the house but it didn’t go off during the fire.
Dell told the Herald he lives at the house with his girlfriend and several children. The Tri-Cities Chapter of the American Red Cross was called to help the family.