Flames from a fast-moving fire destroyed a Kennewick house Friday and sent plumes of thick smoke into the sky that could be seen miles away.
The fire broke out shortly before 4:30 p.m. inside a five-bedroom home at 6817 West 12th Place. It’s unclear if any residents were home when the blaze started.
It took firefighters between 20 and 30 minutes to get the fire, which burned surrounding buildings and traveled into a neighboring property, under control.
A person was treated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation, said Chief Vince Beasley with the Kennewick Fire Department. No other injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated.
Witnesses reported seeing the blaze start on the right side of the house and spread quickly to surrounding shrubs and trees.
“I pulled up and there was a great big plume of smoke coming out of their house,” said Jeremy Umbarger, whose in-laws live across the street. “By the time the firefighters got here (a neighbor’s) garage was fully engulfed.”
Crews from around the Tri-Cities helped fight the two-alarm fire, which was still burning more than an hour after it started.
The blaze nearly gutted the more than 2,000-square-foot home. Property records show the house was built in 1976 and has an estimated value of about $270,000.
The fire backed up traffic in the area for more than an hour and shut down a few nearby streets. Kennewick police directed traffic as fire crews battled the blaze.