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Kenn. Fire Dpt.: Crucial to Keep Close Watch on Barbeques

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Two apartment fires in less than two weeks and firefighters say barbecues are to blame.

With the weather getting warmer, the Kennewick Fire Department knows people will be out grilling more, and they say it's crucial people keep a eye on their barbecue.

Firefighters recommend people grill a safe distance of at least three feet  from any combustible material and always monitor your barbecue.

"The other issue with some of the apartment complexes is that when they're multi-story, your barbecue may be underneath the deck or roof overhang of the apartment above. So that heat as it rises could cause conditions that could ignite a fire," said Kennewick Fire Dept. Capt. Joe Terpenning.

Terpenning also says if you use charcoal, make sure the coals are disposed of properly because the coal's center could smolder for up to three days and start a fire. 

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