CITY OF PULLMAN
620 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, WA 99163
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Capt. Eric Reiber, Incident Commander
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 Chief Mike Heston
FIRE DESTROYS GARAGE BETWEEN TWO HOUSES
Both Houses saved by firefighters
PULLMAN—Pullman firefighters saved two wood frame houses from damage early Wednesday morning after fire destroyed a two car garage that was located between both houses on Sunnyside Hill.
Firefighters were dispatched at 12:33 a.m. to 116 Lancer Lane for a report of a fully involved garage fire. Capt. Eric Reiber (pronounced: rye-burr) said when the first crew arrived, flames were coming from the stand-alone garage. Residents of the home had evacuated their structure. Pullman police officers notified residents of the other house and had them evacuate.
Crews from Pullman and Whitman County Rural District 12 managed to confine the fire to the garage that was located about 10 feet from both homes. Two vehicles were parked outside of the garage and both showed some heat damage to the plastic molding and headlights.
There was some minor heat damage to the outside of the house but there was no fire or water damage to the interior. One of the residents told firefighters that she awakened in her bedroom by the smell of smoke and looked outside to see the garage on fire. She called 9-1-1 and one her children attempted to use a garden hose to put out the fire but to no avail.
Reiber said firefighters were lucky there was no wind when the fire broke out or it could have been a different story in trying to save the two homes.
The occupants were allowed back in their residences after personnel from Avista arrived and checked out the electrical connections. The damage to the garage and vehicles was estimated at between $15,000 and $20,000. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.
(News release written by Glenn A. Johnson, PFD/PIO)