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Yakima Fire Department: (Special Media Release)

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Name of Office Issuing Release
  Tom Sevigny
Date of Incident
Time of Incident
  08:13 pm
Type of Incident
  Other (Special Media Release)
Address of Incident
  1200 Block W Prasch Ave
Yakima, Washington 98902
United States
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  At 8:13pm Yakima Firefighters responded to a report of a car fire. They arrived to find a fully involved van with flames impinging on a nearby vehicle and residential structure. As firefighters attacked the fire the Fire Officer called for assistance. At that time they also realized there was an additional smoke column and fire showing from another fire near an apartment structure several blocks away.

As the first arriving officer called in additional resources and coordinated the response his remaining two crewmembers, in a show of excellent firefighting, we able to protect the residence and extinguish the two vehicle fires. The fuel tank from one vehicle had ruptured spilling flaming fuel on the ground and increasing the difficulty of extinguishment.

Backup fire engines responding to the first incident were diverted to the second incident which was a large SUV behind an apartment complex.
Crews advanced fire hoses almost 200' to begin fighting the fire.

Again, crews made quick work of the fire.

Within minutes crews were then dispatched to a Gun Shot Victim in the 1000 block of E Viola. See YPD report for more information.
What was the probable cause?
  The cause is suspicious and under investigation. Both fires are considered intentional.
Persons with information can call the Yakima Fire Department Arson Hotline at 509 575-6140
What was the extent of the damage?
  In the first fire:
Two vehicles were completely destroyed and the third heavily damaged. The residence suffered heat and smoke damage. $20,000

The second fire is estimated at over $5500 loss.

There were no injuries in either fire.
What is the initial estimate of the dollar loss?
How many firefighters responded?
What departments responded in a mutual aid capacity?
  • YPD