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Mother, young child escape fire in Finley mobile home

A mother and young child escaped injury Wednesday morning when a fire broke out in their mobile home in Finley.

The fire started at 9:18 a.m. at the home in Kelleys Estates and was quickly extinguished by crews from Benton Fire District 1, with help from Kennewick Fire Department, said Deputy Chief Mike Harris.

The 26-year-old homeowner said she was cooking and saw smoke coming from behind the refrigerator or stove.

"I ended up turning off the stove ... and started hearing popping sounds coming from behind the refrigerator," Jessica Espinoza said.

She quickly left the house with her 1 1/2-year-old son and called 911. Her 5-year-old daughter was not home at the time.

The kitchen and front living area were heavily damaged and most of her furniture was destroyed. Espinoza owns the home but has no insurance. She said she will likely stay with her mother, who lives just down the street.

Harris said the 15 firefighters on scene were able to get the fire contained fast, and the only challenge they had is a known challenge in rural Benton County -- there are no water hydrants in the mobile home park.

"We always have to bring our own water," he said.

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