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1 dead in Washington early morning house fire

Associated Press - December 14, 2008 1:15 PM ET

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Yakima fire investigators are trying determine the cause of an early-morning house blaze Saturday that took the life of a man in his mid-50s.

Yakima Fire Department Battalion Chief Mitch Cole told the Yakima Herald-Republic that two other occupants of the house were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and released.

A neighbor told firefighters that there were explosives inside the house and Cole says that kept them from being able to get in the house and "aggressively" fight the fire. Cole says the neighbor explained 1 of the occupants had the explosives because he used to work for a railroad.

Firefighters called the Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit from the Yakima Training Center to look for the explosives and that unit determined the explosives were under water and not a hazard.

Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakima-herald.com

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