Highway 397 closed after garage burns near Lechelt Road

Highway 397 was shut down for about two hours Thursday afternoon as firefighters battled a blaze in a Finley garage near Lechelt Road.

People spotted the fire coming from the shop shortly before 2:45 p.m.

Someone was working in the shop earlier in the day but had left, said Tracy Baker, the Benton County Fire District 1 public information officer.

Firefighters kept the flames from spreading but the building was heavily damaged. The cause is still under investigation.

Benton County Fire District 1 was helped by fire crews from Benton Fire District 4, Franklin Fire District 3 and Kennewick and Pasco.

Lechelt Fire
Firefighters are on the scene of a burning garage at the intersection of Lechelt Road and Highway 397 in Finley. Noelle Haro-Gomez Tri-City Herald
Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.