Fatal fire in KennewickPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Flames ripped through a mobile home in Kennewick early Monday morning killing one woman and severely burning her daughter. Not much of the home at the Columbia Mobile Village was left.
NBC Right Now was first on the scene. A woman barely escaped with her life by breaking a window and jumping out. Neighbors told us that her mother did not make it.
Many questions remained unanswered as the Benton County Coroner recovered the remains of an elderly woman who died inside the trailer. Benton County Coroner, John Hansens said, "at this point we don't know her name, we have indications of two females who lived inside the house a mother and a daughter. We have their vehicles at the scene but we are unable at this time to confirm their identities of these people."
The home is registered to an Elvie, or Elvira Pidcock, who the coroner and fire marshal both believe is the victim. Next door neighbors watched the horror unfold around 3:30 Monday morning. Patrick Flanagan said, "I heard popping and cracking sounds. I didn't pay any attention to it. Next thing I know, my roommate is banging on my door and he's yelling 'we're on fire!' I had barely enough time to get socks and shoes on."
Leida Cruz, who also lives next door told NBC Right Now, "I get up, I look outside and I see my neighbor; she had been passed out, she woke up and she was telling me to call police."
By the time help arrived, the trailer was fully engulfed. One woman broke a window to get out. Cruz describes the scene: "her face was covered in blood. I don't know if it was because it had gotten burned or because of the glass where she had gotten out of the window."
Investigators spent all day looking for a cause. They tell me at this point, nothing jumps out at them. They'll be back out Tuesday.
The woman whosurvived was taken to KGH and was supposed to be taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. We do not know her condition or if she was transported.