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Yakima Fire Department: Structure Fire 1/29/14

Posted: Updated:
Name of Office Issuing Release
  Shift Commander Jennifer Norton
Date of Incident
  01/29/2014
Time of Incident
  04:15 pm
Type of Incident
  Structure Fire
Address of Incident
  400 Block South 10th Ave
Yakima, Washington 98902
United States
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Narrative
  At approximately 4:15 on January 29, 2014, the Yakima Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the 400 block of south 10th Ave. The building was a one story, single family house and was vacant.

Crews arrived to find a large amount of fire coming from the windows and door on the back and side of the house. A power line had fallen, as a result of the fire, onto the chain link fence and was energizing the fence. This hampered fire fighting and firefighters had to use extreme caution in this area until PP&L was able to disconnect the power. PP&L arrived quickly and disconnected the power at the pole, de-energizing the line.

Initially crews fought the fire from the exterior by spraying water in through the windows. This knocked the fire down and allowed other crews to enter the building under safer conditions. Even though the building was vacant, crews searched the main floor and the basement for anyone who may have been in the building. No one was found. The main fire was extinguished quickly; however crews remained on scene for about 2 ½ hours investigating the fire and making sure the fire was completely out.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. While firefighters determine the origin and cause of the fire, YPD is assisting with interviews of witnesses and neighbors.

The building was heavily damaged from fire and the estimated replacement cost would be $120000.

Advance Life Systems had an ambulance on scene standing by for any injuries that may have happened during the firefighting operations; there were none.
What was the probable cause?
  See narrative.
What was the extent of the damage?
  See narrative
What is the initial estimate of the dollar loss?
  $120,000
How many firefighters responded?
  20
What departments responded in a mutual aid capacity?
 
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