Some quick thinking and a special device helped Yakima Firefighters find an unconscious woman in a house fire Wednesday night.
UPDATE: YAKIMA, WA - Some quick thinking and a special device helped Yakima Firefighters find an unconscious woman in a house fire Wednesday night.
Firefighters said the house on the 1100 Block of Hamm Avenue was filled with thick smoke from top to bottom when they arrived, but they had a mission to find the woman trapped inside.
So they went in carrying a thermal imaging camera. It allows firefighters to see areas of heat through smokey or dark conditions. With this piece of technology, crews said they were able to find the woman in less than a minute and get her safely out of the building.
Crews said having high-end technology like this is crucial, especially when every second counts.
"We had two situations going on at the same time," said Captain Tom Schneider with the Yakima Fire Department. "I think it challenged our resources, but we did have the resources available. And we have some very good competent firefighters that were able to make some quick decisions right away that really had a good positive outcome."
We're told the woman was stabilized and taken to a Seattle hospital.
Crews said neither of the two houses that caught fire Wednesday night had working smoke detectors. In fact, firefighters said they've responded to several house fires lately, and a majority of the homes did not have functioning smoke detectors. Firefighters said a working smoke detector can mean the difference between life or death.
YAKIMA, WA - Yakima firefighters are investigating an apartment fire that sent one woman to the hospital Wednesday evening.
Firefighters responded to a fire on the 1100 block of Hamm Avenue just before 7PM Wednesday. Fire crews were told that there was a woman still inside the apartment. Firefighters quickly found the woman, who was unconscious but she had a pulse. She was taken to the hospital immediately. No word on her condition.
Crews put the fire out within 10 minutes of arriving to the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Yakima Fire Department and the Yakima Police Department.
The apartment involved in the fire suffered extensive heat and smoke damage, with most of the contents destroyed. Nearby apartments had doors forced to check for fire extension. Damage is estimated at about $35,000.