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5 Fires In Same Area Within Two Days Sparks Investigation

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Firefighters are left puzzled in Kennewick. They've responded to five separate small fires that started in the same area just in the past two days. Firefighters are left puzzled in Kennewick. They've responded to five separate small fires that started in the same area just in the past two days.
KENNEWICK, WA - Firefighters are left puzzled in Kennewick. They've responded to five separate small fires that started in the same area just in the past two days.

The Kennewick Fire Department has now started an investigation into the cause of these fires.  Each of these sparked in the last two days in the 240 median between the exits for 395 and Edison Street in Kennewick.

They have not found a cause for any of these fires and the unusual fact that so many have happened in such a short span of time has gotten their attention. They believe this could simply be that people are carelessly tossing cigarette butts out of their cars, but it's strange it would keep happening in the same area. They're working to find any answers they can, but they say they could use your help.

"It is under investigation right now. We're also asking the public if you do see people that are driving and they discard something out their window, especially a cigarette, to get a license plate because if a fire does start those people can be held accountable for that," said Battalion Chief Tod Kreutz from the Kennewick Fire Department.

While the fires have been small, the Battalion Chief noted high winds and tumbleweeds could easily make for bigger fires that could cross roads and even the river. They want to remind people that this time of year one small ember can easily spark a lot of destruction. 
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