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Fire Crews respond to difficult attic fire in Yakima Thursday morning

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YAKIMA, WA -  The Yakima Fire Department says they responded to a structure fire at the 1500 block of S. 16th Street at 1:30 a.m. They say the fire was reported to 911 by a neighbor walking by. 

A Yakima Police Officer was the first emergency person to arrive. The officer notified the occupants and ensured everyone was out of the building. Two adults and two teenagers were home at the time of the fire and are being assisted by Red Cross.

YFD said the fire started in the attic and the roof quickly collapsed into the structure at the back of the house. This made it difficult to put out the fire because the collapsed roof was covering the smoking fire. Crews worked to secure the occupants belongings, covering them with tarps and moving them to undamaged sections of the house. Shift Commander Jennifer Norton stated, “Our first concern is always life safety. Once we are sure everyone was out of the house, we make every effort to protect the home owner’s belongings.”

As of 5:00 a.m., the crews were still on scene taking the roof off to get to the fire in the attic. YFD says the fire appears to be accidental/electrical. The exact cause is still under investigation. The damage is estimated to be $30,000. There's also water damage throughout the building.