Alarm saves a life and home

— A woman escaped harm and her home spared major damage thanks to alarms that warned her of fire early yesterday morning.

Officials with Yakima County Fire District No. 5 said Juanita Sandoval was awakened just before 2 a.m. yesterday 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, Captain Ken Shipman said.

Firefighters found smoke venting from the crawlspace at the front of the home, according to Shipman.

He said nine firefighters completed a walk-around inspection to determine the fire’s origin. 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 located 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 fire’s cause is under investigation. Granger public works employees assisted firefighters at the scene.

Shipman said yesterday’s fire is a classic example of why alarms are so vital.

“We would like to stress the importance of having working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home,” he said. “Without these warning devices this fire could have grown much more before being detected, and therefore been much more damaging to the home and possibly to the people living there.”


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