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Fire Rips Through Yakima House, Man in Wheelchair Gets Out Safely

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A flurry of fires kept Yakima firefighters on their toes Friday.  The first alarm went off around 9 a.m. Firefighters quickly got to the house on the 700 Block of South 70th Avenue. A flurry of fires kept Yakima firefighters on their toes Friday. The first alarm went off around 9 a.m. Firefighters quickly got to the house on the 700 Block of South 70th Avenue.

YAKIMA, WA - A flurry of fires kept Yakima firefighters on their toes Friday.

The first alarm went off around 9 a.m. Firefighters quickly got to the house on the 700 Block of South 70th Avenue.

Fortunately, the people inside, a handicapped man in a wheelchair and his caretaker, got out safely before crews even arrived.

Firefighters said they found flames near the laundry area. Crews attacked the fire from the inside and outside of the house, but it quickly spread through most of the rooms and into the attic.

"We didn't know whether or not the trees next door were going to catch on fire, and the house next door and then ours," said neighbor Tracy Clair. "So it was really very scary, and just a lot of smoke."

Crews contained the fire within 45 minutes.

Firefighters said the people inside told them they believe the dryer sparked the blaze, but crews said the official cause is still under investigation.

The preliminary damage estimate is around $95,000.

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