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Fire destroys home after resident thought he put it out

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TOPPENISH, Wash. -- A fire destroyed a house in Toppenish. Around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning Yakima County Fire District #5 responded to the fire off Highway 97.

Firefighters say cats knocked over some items that started the original fire. Greg Stevenson was home and stomped it out. Then he went to Toppenish hospital for smoke inhalation, but stomping out the fire was not enough to keep it from starting again.

Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Fraser said, "While he was at the hospital, the house caught on fire, and that's just consistent with people thinking they have the fire out without having the fire department come in to check."

The house was not very clean and was packed with garbage, which spread the fire from the bedroom and made access difficult. While firefighters battled the fire, the Department of Transportation closed the right lane of Highway 97 southbound. The lane reopened after firefighters cleared out.

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