Tri-City Herald (TNS)
A family escaped a Pasco house fire Wednesday evening that officials say started in the basement and caused extensive damage.
Angelica Campos said she was in the kitchen of the Sylvester Street house about 5:30 p.m. when the fire started. There were three children and two other adults at home.
One of the children smelled smoke, and when Campos opened the door to the basement, she said saw flames. Smoke billowed from a heater, and they heard popping noises as they ran out.
Campos, her husband, Ricardo, the children and an elderly woman escaped. There were initial reports that at least one person was trapped in the basement, where her son lives. However, it turned out he was not home at the time.
Three families live in the home, and they had no time to leave with any possessions, she said.
“I am lucky,” Campos said, standing just feet from the burned home. “I am sad because we lost everything. But I don’t care about the material (things).’’
Ricardo Campos, whom family members say uses oxygen tanks, was checked out by medics at the scene.
Firefighters put the flames out about 5:50 p.m. and reported no injuries. The cause is under investigation.
The fire didn’t threaten any other houses on the block. An estimated 30 firefighters from departments in Pasco, Kennewick and Richland responded.