5 Pets Killed in Yakima House Fire Wednesday
Firefighters in west valley were busy Wednesday night with a house fire that took the lives of five pets. Fire officials from West Valley Fire Rescue were called to the home off of 52nd Avenue at about 9:00 pm. When they arrived they found the home full of smoke but no flames. They say the fire "burned itself" out because of a lack of oxygen.
UNFORTUNATELY FIVE PETS DIED IN THE FIRE FROM SMOKE
Firefighters say the kitchen area around the stove was damaged and there was smoke damage throughout the home. 5 pets died from smoke inhalation inside the home. They believe the fire may have been started by the stove but the cause remains under investigation.
STAND BY YOUR PAN WHEN COOKING IN THE KITCHEN
Yakima Firefighters say kitchen fires are the most common and some of the most damaging blazes firefighters see every year. They say many are very damaging and can extend into an attic space. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
NEARLY HALF OF ALL HOME FIRES START IN THE KITCHEN
The National Fire Protection Association says more than 47 percent of all fires in the United States are related to cooking and 20 percent of fire deaths are related to those cooking fires.
DO YOU KNOW THE SOUND OF SAFETY?
Firefighters urge you to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” In other words know the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. They say a "continuous set of three loud beeps - beep, beep, beep - means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out. A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years. Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.