A dramatic fire near West Richland on Thursday afternoon sent up a plume of smoke that was visible for miles.
No one was hurt but the blaze destroyed an unoccupied two-story home at 1818 Riverside Drive being used for storage. Capt. Paul Carlyle of Benton County Fire District 4 said the owner, who lives next door, was working on a motorcycle there when it misfired and ignited the blaze.
The Richland Fire District, Benton Fire District 2 and West Benton Fire and Rescue also responded , which was first reported at about 3:40 in an unincorporated neighborhood of Benton County between the Yakima River and the West Richland city limits. It was largely extinguished by 5:30, according to Commissioner A.J. Hill of Benton Fire District 4.
There are no fire hydrants in the neighborhood, so the fire departments hauled in water to fight the fire.
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“They were very fast and professional,” said neighbor Daniel Strom.
Hill said having to bring in water is a little unusual in a residential area but is a common firefighting approach in wild fires.
Carlyle estimated the loss of the house at about $150,000. There was little in the structure since no one was living there, he said.