Thursday, August 25, 2011
OUTLOOK - A small electrical fire in an attic crawl space caused about $20,000 worth of damage to a house owned by Sharon Harris Tuesday evening.
About 5:30 p.m., the residents of the house on Maple Grove Road noticed the smell of smoke and upon investigation found a smoldering fire in the attic space. They called 911 for help and used fire extinguishers before sealing the area and turning off the main breaker panel.
When firefighters arrived, they entered the crawl space and put out the fire, opening walls and the roof of the house for access. Because of the excessive heat and the small working space, firefighters were rotated on a short time schedule to prevent heat exhaustion. A total of 25 firefighters responded to the call, along with Yakima County Roads, the Sheriff's office and Pacific Power.
No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown, but appeared to be electrical in nature. The investigation has been turned over to the Yakima County Fire Marshal. The residents were able to stay in the house.