Firefighters rescue several from burning 'abandoned' home
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Several people were rescued from what appeared to be an abandoned home Friday morning in Yakima. Crews began battling the fire around 10:00 a.m. on the 400 block of N. 5th Avenue.
Police saw one man running from the home when they arrived. Yakima police picked him up for questioning.
When firefighters arrived they saw a woman in the window and pulled her from the home. She told crews there were two more people inside the home. The woman was also taken in for questioning.
Firefighters found two men unconscious inside the home and brought them out to safety.
Battalion Chief Tom Sevigny of the Yakima Fire Department said they were both in critical condition due to smoke inhalation and heat exposure.
Both have since been transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Officials said the home was boarded up and nobody should have been inside. Those boards made it difficult for crews to battle the fire because the smoke and fire had nowhere to go. Crews were forced to hammer away at the wood covering the windows.
It's unclear if the fire was suspicious. Firefighters formed an arson squad to investigate.
Code enforcement officials said the home has been a problem for the last several years. It's been boarded up for the last two years.