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3 fires tear through Yakima homes in just 3 hours

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Three separate fires broke out in Yakima homes Sunday. All within a three hour span of one another.

The first started at about 12:30pm on the 1600 block of S. 3rd Street.
The second, a roof fire, on the 300 block of N. 9th Street.
And the third, on the 1700 block of Pleasant Avenue. That fire burned a good portion of the kitchen and living room.

Fire crews from Yakima, Union Gap, East Valley, and West Valley had to be called in to help with the sudden outburst of fires.

Crews say there was no one inside the home at the time of the fire.

The cause is unknown.

"We got on scene, we had heavy fire, correction; heavy smoke under pressure and shortly thereafter we had a fully involved kitchen and living room on fire," said Capt. Tom Schneider with Yakima Fire.

Firefighters estimated the damage between $10,000-$15,000.

The other fire on S. 3rd Ave also caused a lot of damage to the inside and outside of the house.

A 33-year-old woman was home when the fire broke out.
Neighbors we spoke to who helped the woman out say she was covered in soot, and had scraps or burns on her face and arm.

Firefighters say the victim had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. Her condition is unknown.

"Next thing I know the kitchen window, side kitchen window is blowing out, flames are shooting out of that, there's smoke billowing out of the back window like nobody's business," said Barbara Bergke, a neighbor who saw the fire unfold.

Fire crews were able to rescue two dogs from the flames however a third did die.

There was no one else home at the time of the fire. And crews are still investigating how it started.