KENNEWICK, Wash. - Several fire units from around the Tri-Cities responded to a fire that destroyed one family's home on Tuesday. The home's owner attempted to put the flames out, but was unsuccessful.
Isaac Ramos spent the last five years building the home, located at 23003 S 2184 PR SE and Perkins Rd, for his family but it took less than an hour for it to come crumbling down.
Shortly before 3:00 a.m., a fire broke out near an electrical box inside a bedroom of the double-wide trailer home. Ramos's wife and infant son were in the home at the time.
"My newborn son started screaming and kicking and it woke my wife up and she noticed the flames," said Ramos.
Ramos was at work and rushed home and doused the flames with water and a fire extinguisher. He thought he had put the fire out and took his family to his grandparent's house down the street. However, three hours later, the fire reignited and firefighters were called to the scene.
"Unfortunately what they didn't see was what was inside the wall. It was still burning. It rekindled and started right back up," said Captain Ron Fryer, Benton County Fire District 1.
It took firefighters an hour to get the blaze under control. They say if the homeowners had called 911 when the fire first broke out, they may have been able to minimize the damage.
"We have the instruments--like an infrared camera. We can see how hot it is behind a wall and see whether there's fire inside," said Fryer.
The home was a total loss. In the meantime, the family is staying with relatives. They do have home owners insurance, but say they're not sure how many of their belongings are covered under their plan.