Carbon monoxide detector alerts woman to fire

— A woman is safe today after fire erupted in her home's crawlspace this morning.

Officials with Yakima County Fire District No. 5 said Juanita Sandoval was awakened just before 2 a.m. by a carbon monoxide detector in the home, located at 530 E. C St. A smoke detector was triggered shortly thereafter.

She raced out of the home and called 9-1-1.

Firefighters found smoke venting from the crawlspace on the front of the home, according to Capt. Ken Shipman.

He said the nine firefighters completed a walk around inspection to determine the origin of the fire. They found a small damaged area on the back of the home where fire burned through the exterior.

Firefighters extinguished that fire, but smoke continued to billow from the vents.

Using thermal imaging cameras, firefighters were able to locate additional fire in the wall and crawlspace between the kitchen sink and water heater, Shipman said.

Sheetrock, flooring and a cabinet were removed to provide firefighters greater access to the fire.

The total estimated damage to the home is $11,000, Shipman said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the home was released to Sandoval. Assisting firefighters at the scene were city Public Works employees.


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