House fire creates multiple challenges for Yakima firefighters

YAKIMA, Wash. – Firefighters saw a large column of smoke rising in the air Saturday afternoon as they made their way to a house fire on the western edge of the city.

It happened before 1:00 p.m. in the 1200 block of S. 70th Ave. in Yakima. Firefighters are not sure how it started but say it quickly became an attic fire that was a challenge to gain control.

The homeowners were away running errands at the time but some of their pets were inside and needed the help of people walking by to get them out.

The scene attracted the attention of many people driving by neighborhood, which created a traffic problem for crews.

"It did hamper our response," said Battalion Chief Mitch Cole of the Yakima Fire Department. "It did hamper emergency vehicles getting to the scene and that was an additional headache we had to deal with."

Yakima Police helped to block multiple streets in the surrounding area. Units from West Valley Fire were also on scene to help the response. It took a couple hours for crews to get control and begin clean up operations. There was an overlap of firefighters who were also at a fire on Scenic Dr. Saturday morning.

YFD ruled the cause of the fire undetermined Saturday night and said damages totaled $175,000.

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