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Yakima Fire Department: Structure Fire

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Name of Office Issuing Release
  Battalion Chief Mitch Cole
Date of Incident
  09/22/2013
Time of Incident
  05:55 pm
Type of Incident
  Structure Fire
Address of Incident
  200 Block of S. Naches Ave.
Yakima, Washington 98901
United States
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Narrative
  The City of Yakima Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of S. Naches Ave. All of the occupants were out of the building when the first apparatus arrived.

The fire totally destroyed a home estimated to have been built in the 1940's. The home had been converted into three separate apartments and eleven occupants lived in the structure. All were displaced as a result of the fire and received assistance from Red Cross.

The fire started on the first floor and quickly spread to the second floor. The unique construction type offered the fire numerous paths to spread and also made it difficult for firefighters to stop the fire's growth.

Battalion Chief Mitch Cole said, "Although firefighters worked diligently, ultimately it was the ladder truck that stopped this fire. I withdrew interior firefighters because we were not making enough progress to justify the risk." Shortly after the removal of firefighters a section of the roof collapsed that would have injured firefighters.

One neighbor was injured when he leapt from his porch to assist the displaced occupants and injured his ankle.
What was the probable cause?
  The fire is believed to be accidental at this time. Investigators found multiple accidental causes and were unable to pinpoint the definitive cause.
What was the extent of the damage?
  The fire destroyed the building. Fire officials estimate it will cost more to repair the building than the value of the home. The CIity of Yakima Code Enforcement will do an evaluation of the building on Monday and determine if the fire damage to the building warrents being condemned.
What is the initial estimate of the dollar loss?
  $105,000
How many firefighters responded?
  19
What departments responded in a mutual aid capacity?
 
  • None

 

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