Man Severely Injured in West Richland Mobile Home Fire
WEST RICHLAND, Wash-- A mobile home fire in West Richland leaves one man critically injured. It happened at 1:30 am on Tuesday at a home on 3 Crown Drive.
Fire leaders say the fire started while 32-year-old David Alexander was sleeping in his bedroom. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where nurses say 40 percent of his body had been burned.
The homeowner and her two children were sleeping in the front room of the mobile home and got out safely.
Benton County District Four's Fire Chief says the fire detectors were disabled.
"I believe that probably if they had working smoke detectors, the injuries, the severe injuries the male received wouldn't have occurred. They could have escaped without any injuries," said Chief Mike Spring.
Fire investigators say they have not determined what started the fire, but say it was an accident.