WEST RICHLAND, Wash.-- The West Richland Police Department has released the names of the victims involved in this morning's fatal house fire.
They say 26 year old Sandy St. George died at the scene. Thomas St. George has been transported to Kadlec with smoke inhalation injuries, where he is in stable condition.
The fire started on the 700 block of 45th Avenue in West Richland around 5:30 AM. A home and a shop were engulfed in flames when crews arrived.
"We heard what turned out to be an explosion, although it felt like somebody actually driven into our house," says Rick Raymond who lives near by.
More than 45 fire fighters from four agencies fought the flames for hours. "The metal roofing and the type of roof structure, really contained the heat and made the situation. It was really unsafe for the firefighters to enter," says the Acting Fire Chief, Bill Cherwien for Benton County Fire District 4.
The home was right next door to a water well drilling business, St. George's Water Drilling and it had many combustibles inside. "We know there's gasoline, oil products, tanks for welding and things like that. we believe there were propane bottles in there. so that's what we believe the explosions were," says Cherwien.