Group of teens setting off fireworks started two Kennewick fires
KENNEWICK, Wash. --Firefighters say a handful of teenagers kept them working for hours Sunday, after fireworks they set off resulted in two Kennewick blazes.
The first one broke out right next to Canyon View Elementary School 8:30 in the morning. It took a dozen firefighters two hours to put it out. Police say two 12 year olds were to blame. Neighbors said they were shooting off fireworks.
The fire spread down the canyon to South lyle street, engulfing trees and vegetation in a woman's back yard. Marsha Bates said she heard the doorbell ringing over and over a and sprung out of bed to find a torched yard.
"It was pretty scary, because there were flames,20-30 feet high at that point. It had already engulfed one of our wood piles. It was a quick wake up, that's for sure," says Bates. Bates says hot spots flared up at least twice and that's when crews noticed another fire next door.
Police arrested three more juveniles in connection with the second fire, two 13-year olds and a 12 year old. They say the group was also setting off fireworks.
Fire Marshall Mark Yaden says they will send over the reports to the Benton County Prosecutor to decide if any charges will be filed against the group of teens.