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Pasco Police Speaking with Person of Interest in Fire

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PASCO, Wash.

Firefighters from all over the area are mopping up after a 4-alarm fire tore through a Pasco motel Monday afternoon.

The fire began around 1:30 at the Loyalty Inn on Lewis Street in Pasco. About 75 firefighters worked to contain the fire to a specific section of the complex, which is under construction and currently empty. Crews told NBC Right Now that Monday's winds worked against them, making the blaze difficult to get under control.

Chris and Joy Anna Lowery noticed the flames while driving down the street and quickly alerted management. "We saw flames coming up from the side of the building, catching the tree on fire a little bit, so we flipped around in the middle of the road to tell the manager," they said.

Pasco Fire Chief Bob Gear says the holiday weekend made it difficult for them to get all the help they needed. "We have more of a problem on days like this because off duty people are gone and were having trouble getting a lot of call backs. We're reaching out father than normal," he said.

Fire crews say they expect to be on the scene for several more hours, or possibly all night if needed.

Pasco police are currently speaking with a person of interest in the fire. No arrest have been made.