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Fire Destroys two backyards in Kennewick

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Flames 30-feet in the air could be seen off Clearwater Ave.  A fire completely destroy two backyards.

Benton County PUD replaced two utility poles and electricity was turned off to prevent the risk of electrocution.

About two acres of land were severely burned.  A large barn completely destroyed, a boat, two sheds, and a hot tub all went up with the smoke. 

Almost 50 firefighters from around the Tri-Cities were out battling the flames. 

It happened at around one o'clock this afternoon.  Flames poured out of the back of two homes on North Arthur Street next to the Winco supermarket.  Smoke could be seen for miles away.

Janis Braden lives in one of the homes with her mother and three cats.  She said, "It was kind of in a small area, then next thing it's the whole pasture and of course you heard banging and popping and that kind of stuff."

Electric wires were torn down by the flames and to make sure no one was possibly electrocuted, crews shut off power to the area.

Andrew Grego lives nearby and said he was concerned about the women inside the home.  He said, "The flames were 20 to 30 feet in the air. Trees going down. We didn't realize it went all the way up to Clearwater."

Firefighters said the dry conditions of course helped the fire spread quickly. 

Braden said, "It just shows you how explosive sheet grass can be."

Firefighters said they have a number of leads in what caused the fire and their investigation continues.

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