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Domestic violence victims displaced

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Nearly a dozen people, including five children, were displaced by an early morning fire Monday.

There was significant fire damage in two of the units in the four-pl ex. Officials have made a preliminary estimate of a $230,000 loss in terms of the structure and residents' property.

The building was part of the Domestic Violence of Benton and Franklin Counties transitional housing. Now some of the families who were already working on starting over have to begin, yet again.

"We have families that have been through a lot of trauma, have fled homes and are trying to re-establish themselves," said Development Director Kelly Abken. "Now they've lost everything. It's devastating."

The call came in just before 2:15 a.m. Monday morning. Crews finished mopping up in the afternoon and said there was no indication the fire was suspicious but was likely smoking related. Fire Marshal Mark Yaden said it started on the deck of a lower unit and people had been smoking out there earlier in the evening.

Donations can be made at the Domestic Violence Services office at 3311 West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. Their phone number is (800) 648-1277.