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Blaze destroys Grandview home

GRANDVIEW - A house fire left six people in Grandview homeless this past Saturday evening.

The fire reported at 7:22 p.m. Saturday had already fully engulfed the house at 411 Ave. E by the time responders arrived, said Joel Byam, a Grandview firefighter who was the first at the scene.

Byam said all six people were able to evacuate the home safely after the fire began in an enclosed back porch. He noted that all six went to the hospital at some point in time but were released and appeared unharmed.

The home's residents were housed by the Red Cross in the immediate aftermath of the fire, Byam said.

The single-story structure fire brought a response of 23 personnel. Twelve from the Grandview Fire Department responded plus three from Sunnyside, four from Prosser and four from Mabton.

It took about 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control, Byam said, because the fire had spread to the home's attic.

The house, valued at $80,000, was declared a total loss, Byam said. The loss of the home's contents was valued at $5,000.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Byam said.

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