Four children were hospitalized with smoke inhalation after an early Friday fire in Richland.
Firefighters responded to the fire at 1:10 a.m. in the 1400 block of Thayer Drive, said Richland Fire Battalion Chief Curtis Walsh. Smoke was seen coming out of three sides of the right side apartment in the 1940s “A House” duplex.
The children, ages 5 to 15, were sleeping on the upper floor and were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center to be checked out, with their conditions not considered critical, Walsh said. Their parents, who were sleeping in the basement, were not injured.
Fire damage was limited to one upper floor room, but the house suffered significant heat and smoke damage, Walsh said. A cause has not been determined.
“There was some significant heat, at least 600 degrees,” he said.
Richland was assisted by Benton Fire District 4 and the Hanford Fire Department, Walsh said. Twenty firefighters took on the blaze, which was extinguished within 15 minutes.
A smoke detector near the fire did not go off. Walsh said investigators later found it had no battery.
“Smoke detectors do save lives,” he said. “This is a good opportunity to make sure that, No. 1, you have one, and that you make sure it is installed correctly.”