Yakima Child Injured in Friday Duplex Fire
A child rescued from a fire in Yakima early Friday morning is now being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Firefighters were called to a fire in a duplex at about 4:48 a.m. in the 1200 block of South 41st Avenue. After searching the duplex firefighters found a small child, believed to be about 2-years-old in a portable crib. They grabbed the child and started to perform CPR on the child until he could be treated by paramedics. The child was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital but then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The extent of injuries to the child are unknown. No other injuries were reported.
The cause remains under investigation. The blaze destroyed the garages of both duplex units. Damage is estimated at $400,000.
Many people are injured or killed every year in home fires in the United States.
One person has died in a motor home fire so far this year in Yakima. The 56-year-old woman died last month after being caught in the fire on Fruitvale Blvd.
Nationwide firefighters are busy and with the summer months on the way they're hoping fire injuries and deaths will be limited as more people are out of their homes during the summer months. But injuries and deaths aren't limited to a particular time of year.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration the 2019 civilian fire death toll of 3,704 is 1% higher than the 3,655 total in 2018 and 30% higher than the record low number of deaths (2,855) in 2012.
So far this year? 1,175 civilian home fire fatalities reported by U.S. news media Jan. 1 - June 4, 2021.