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Kitchen stove, heat lamp blamed for two house fires

Two Lower Valley homes were damaged by fire Tuesday, causing more than $30,000 in damage and forcing one family to stay with neighbors.

Tuesday morning the Grandview Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 401 N. Fourth St. When firefighters arrived at the home of Cindy Gonzalez they found the home's detached garage, which included an 8-by-10 foot lean-to structure, on fire.

According to a report from Yakima County Fire District Five, the fire damaged the garage, as well as the outside of Mendoza's house, the neighbor's house, three vehicles and a camp trailer. Damage to the property is estimated at $14,200. Several puppies were lost in the fire.

The report from Fire District Five states the fire was likely caused by a heat lamp set up for the puppies.

Tuesday evening, at 5:06 p.m., the Sunnyside Fire Department responded to a house fire at 3610 Sunnyside-Mabton Highway.

The fire was found in the kitchen of the home owned by Gloria Mendoza. According to a report from Yakima County Fire District Five, the fire was contained to the kitchen, although light smoke damage could be found throughout the house. The fire was extinguished by 5:33 p.m. According to the report, the fire was caused by food that was left cooking on the stove.

Damage to the home was estimated at $15,000, and the mother and four children are reported to be staying with neighbors.

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