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Toppenish family dealing with aftermath of house fire

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TOPPENISH, Wash.-- A family in Toppenish is dealing with the aftermath of a fire that heavily damaged their house Saturday.

Yakima County Fire Fighters responded to the fire yesterday just before one PM.

When they arrived at the home on Robbins Road they found the second story of the house burning. Fire crews were able to get it under control, but they had to pull out layers of roofing and insulation. The five people in the house managed to escape with no injuries.

They say the fire spread quickly and they had to act fast to save what they could. They say they're thankful they escaped with no injuries, but it was still a major blow.

"It kinda hit all of us pretty hard. At one point everyone was crying yesterday so... We're just really thankful that the fire department was able to help us," says Johnny Zapien who lived in the home.

Firefighters were able to rescue two dogs and three cats as well as several Christmas gifts in the house. Zapien says he's glad they could at least still give gifts on Christmas Day.

Firefighters estimate the damage at nearly 30,000 dollars. They think the cause was likely electrical.

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