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Pullman crews save house from attached garage fire

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PULLMAN, Wash. -

Pullman firefighters were able to quickly gain control of a fully-involved garage fire Tuesday morning while saving the house attached to the garage.

Around 9:30 a.m., multiple 911 calls reported black smoke in the Military Hill area on True and State. Upon arrival, firefighters found the attached garage fully involved in flames with smoke pouring out of the attic vents in the house.

Dispatch made the crew aware that the occupant of the home was confined to a wheelchair, and that occupant was located in the backyard of the home upon arrival. That resident was carried to a safe location near the front of the house and was treated for smoke inhalation, but did not require further care. The other resident was away from the house at the time, but returned later.

Another incident on the scene happened to a firefighter who severely twisted his ankle stepping in a hole in the yard. He was treated and transported to the hospital.

Because of the smoke coming out of the attic vents, firefighters pulled down ceiling and insulation, but fortunately the fire hadn’t spread to the house.

Pullman police used the incident to test out their newly-acquired drones and provided fire command an aerial view of the fire. Pullman was also assisted by firefighters from Whitman County and Moscow, who were both on stand-by in case the fire spread further.

The Red Cross was notified and asked to provide shelter to the two residents. Fire officials said the residents should be able to return after it was cleaned and some repairs were made. The cause of the fire and extent of damage are under investigation.

Fire investigator Tony Nuttman said city building inspectors went through the house and determined it could not be occupied. Nuttman said the damage to the structure would probably run between $50,000 and $75,000.   Fire officials also learned today that the owner had apparently let the homeowner’s insurance lapse and the structure was not insured.

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