Home lost in fire Saturday

— A local woman is without her home and its contents following a fire Saturday afternoon.

Just before 1 p.m. firefighters from Yakima County Fire District No. 5 responded to a reported structure fire at 1536 Drainbank Road.

The back of the home owned by Loria Onepennee was fully involved upon arrival, Lt. Mike Farmer said in a press release.

Grass and outbuildings behind the home were also on fire, he said.

Firefighters first on scene started a defensive attack from the exterior of the home until additional personnel arrived.

They moved inside for an offensive attack and continued the attack from outside the home, extinguishing the blaze.

“The back half of the structure sustained heavy fire damage with smoke, water and heat damage throughout the rest of the home,” Farmer said.

The home and its contents, valued at an estimated $60,000, were a total loss.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist Onepennee with housing, clothing and food.

The investigation has been turned over to the Yakama Nation Tribal Police.

Responding to the fire were six stations, 30 firefighters, Yakama Power and Yakama Nation Tribal Police.

The time to extinguish the blaze was just short of an hour.


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