A Sunday evening duplex fire displaced residents from both units, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.
Fire crews responded at 7:08 p.m. to 1613 Brandt Road and found smoke coming from the front and rear of the duplex, the fire department said.
The unit was “overfurnished,” and the amount of stuff inside made it difficult for crews to gain access. Firefighters backed out of the house and extinguished the blaze from behind the building, according to the fire department.
Crews were able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes. No one was injured.
The Red Cross helped residents from both units find somewhere else to stay.
Five engines, two ladder trucks and two battalion chiefs responded.
The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause and assessing the damage.
Fire investigators are trying to figure out what’s causing a rash of brush fires that have popped up in recent weeks in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.
Two fires lately include one on the side of Grant Road near Fred Meyer that led to a gas station being temporarily shut down, and another one that was quickly put out on Columbia and Benton Streets in Wenatchee overnight Monday morning.
Kay McKellar with Chelan and Douglas County Fire Districts 1 and 2 says investigators have little information to go on.
“The were unable to determine what caused the fires,” said McKellar. “They were very small brush fires. Nobody has seen anything in the area. (There were) no devices or anything that they were able to find that might give them any idea of how the fires got started.”
KPQ-AM 560 Wenatchee
VIDEO: Monday night Kennewick Police responded to the 400 block of E. Kennewick Ave, for a report of a vehicle fire.
When they arrived the car was fully engulfed in flames, likely indicating the suspect had used some sort of accelerant (liquid) to make it go.
A nearby security camera captured some footage of the person, appears to be a man. The business was not identified but could be a towing and recovery company that is located in that area.
That's based upon the number of vehicles parked in rows at the scene. The car was said to be a total loss.
Because of the number of vehicles, it appears this could be a 'random' fire set 'just because.'
KFLD-AM 870 Pasco
A stand of nearly 100 pine trees collected from around the world survived 45 years at Washington State University’s Lind Dryland Research Station, before succumbing to wildfire in June.
“All of us at the station look at this as a big loss,” said station director Bill Schillinger.
Since 1928, WSU scientists have raised trees and shrubs at Lind, testing their practicality for landscaping and farm windbreaks in Washington’s arid country—Lind averages less than 10 inches of rainfall annually. Trees were planted periodically and monitored for decades.
In May of 1976, Lind staff planted 329 seedlings of the Austrian pine, Pinus nigra Arnold, on the southeast corner of the station’s property. Seedlings came from 40 different sources, including Austria, France, Greece, Spain, and the former Yugoslavia and U.S.S.R.
Washington State University