Fire at Kennewick seniors’ home forces evacuation

Five people have been evacuated from a seniors’ residence in Kennewick after a fire broke out in the attic.

The owner of Colonial House Adult Family Home at 3 W. Third Ave. was sleeping on the second floor of the big house when he woke up with a smoke alarm and the smell of smoke, Kennewick Fire Chief Chad Michael said.

The owner called 911, but waited to begin evacuating patients due to concerns about their medical needs and the cold temperature outside.

All elderly people living in the house are on the first floor.

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Firefighters helped evacuate five people living at this seniors’ residence in Kennewick after a fire broke out on Monday morning. Kennewick Fire Department

Firefighters arrived within four minutes and noticed the smell of smoke outside the building. They helped get the residents out and then started looking for the fire.

They found it in the attic, knocked down the ceiling of a room and put it out.

Crews from the Pasco Fire Department and Benton County Fire District 1 assisted in extinguishing the blaze.

No one was injured, but one person was taken to Trios Southridge Hospital with chest pain.

Damage was limited, but the electric meter had to be removed while they fought the fire, the chief said.

Residents are staying at the Baymont Inn in Kennewick until the electrical system can be repaired in a few days.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Michael said working smoke alarms play a major role in saving people’s lives and limiting the amount of damage.

Firefighters recommend installing smoke alarms in every room and outside bedrooms and on every level of a home.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.

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