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Camper fire in Kennewick

KENNEWICK, Wash. -  Smoke could be seen throughout Kennewick this morning as fire crews battle flames.  

A 20 foot camper, parked in the back of a home located on 10th Avenue in Kennewick caught on fire. 

The homeowner Richard Rackestraw said, "I was going out checking my mail and my neighbor in the back yelled, the trailer is on fire and I said 9-1-1."

Area fire crews responded to the flames.  Neighbors stood on the sidewalk and watched as firefighters got the situation under control. 

Neighbor Tracey Jones said, "We heard some popping noises and that's actually what woke me up out of bed, came out, looked out the front window and saw big black smoke coming from the house across the street from us."

Rackestraw said, "That could have gotten to my house and me in it and I might not have known. " He said he is thankful the fire did not reach his home.

Firefighters said protecting the surrounding homes was their top priority.  Kennewick Firefighter, Mikal Barnett said, "We had a pretty active fire in the one trailer, our objectives here were to protect the exposures which were the residential house and also a large shop building."

Rackestraw said, "I thought I was going to loss my house. I came out here and fought it with a garden hose and stopped.  It was burning pretty good.  It burned the hair off my arms."

Fire crews said it is too early to determine what caused the fire and said their investigation will continue. 

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