PASCO, WA - Firefighters don't know exactly how a fire started around 10 a.m. Tuesday in Pasco along North 7th Avenue just off the intersection of Lewis Street. However, a young woman says she's glad she happened to be nearby so she could help save the life of someone very important to her.
It may not look like it but this is a story of luck in Pasco. If her granddaughter hadn't seen the flames billowing out of the back of the building while passing by the grandmother's house, she might not have made it out alive.
"I walked in there and it was really hot and I could see the flames and everything. I don't think she could have known so it's kind of scary," said Desarea Estavillo.
She says her grandmother has dementia. The older woman mostly lives alone. Estavillo says she's glad she was paying one of those visits Tuesday so she could wake her grandmother before the flames did.
"I saw a woman standing on the porch and there was fire and flames coming from the back of the house. We pulled over to the side of the road and we called 911," said Natasha Mitchell who called 911.
Fire crews quickly responded. They had to break down doors to get into the garage. The fire had spread to the basement and up to the attic. For the family they're just glad grandma made it out with them.
"What would have happened if I didn't go in there? She was sleeping. She might have not woken up to the fire so it's just kind of a scary thought," Estavillo said.
It didn't take long for crews to contain the fire once they arrived but it did take a couple hours for them to make sure all of the flames were doused.