FINLEY, WA. - Very little is left of a mobile home at Kelly's Estates in Finley after a fire ripped through the structure, leaving a family of three without a place to stay.
"First crews on the scene showed up and saw there was a pretty fully engulfed double-wide and then we named a second alarm fire," said Captain Devin Helland, Benton County Fire District #1.
The fire broke out just after midnight Saturday, on the 200,000 block of East State Route 397. Firefighters tell NBC Right Now the family was using a meat smoker on the home's wooden porch when it caught fire, sending flames throughout the house. It took more than 20 firefighters, from both Benton County Fire District #1 and Kennewick Fire Department, to put out the blaze.
The fire was so hot and intense, not only did it destroy one home, but that it also bust the windows out of a second trailer home and damaged it's sewage lines.
"When a house catches fire, it's obviously putting off a ton of heat...a ton of BTU's and it's got to go somewhere and it usually goes horizontally, as well as vertical," said Helland.
Tabitha Gonzalez lives in the mobile home that was damaged. She says she could feel the heat inside her home, but she was more concerned about her neighbors, at the time.
"We were struggling to unlock our back door, seeing it, and all I could do is scream her name to get out of her trailer and grabbed my cell phone and called 911," said Gonzalez.
The mother of two, along with her husband, moved into the home about a week ago. She says they were just getting situated when all this happened and described the whole scene as scary.
A scary situation that could've ended tragically, yet no one was hurt. One home was destroyed, another damaged and two families left to pick up the pieces.
The Red Cross is helping the family who lost their home. The Gonzalez's are looking into getting renter's insurance now.
The property manager at Kelly's Estates says smokers are never permitted at the mobile home park.