A mobile home fire acts as a warning to all: Check out your furnace

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A furnace may be to blame for a mobile home fire in Kennewick off of Metaline Ave.. Thankfully, no one was hurt but KEPR found out there is an important step to take this time of year to avoid this happening to you.

Melody Baggley looks at the extensive damage of her neighbors home. She was babysitting at their house when something didn't seem right.

Melody tells KEPR, "There was just a little bit of smoke in the house. I thought it was just the dust from the furnace coming on for the 1st time this year."

But it escalated quickly. Smoke filling the double-wide trailer.

She continues, "We went out on the porch because it was getting hard to breath."

She called 911 and firefighters arrived just 4 minutes later.
That was still not fast enough. Melody says the living room burst into flames.

Melody says, "It went so quick.. I mean seconds."

Fire fighters say that's all it takes, especially in older mobile homes like this one, from the 1980's. The light weight material is highly flammable.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but firefighters have seen scenes like this before when the weather starts to get colder.

Kennewick Fire Chief Barnett explains, "This time of year, with furnaces coming on, we ask folks to make sure they're cleaned and serviced, so when they do kick on things don't catch on fire."

It looks to firefighters that the home is a total loss, but that will be up to the insurance company. Luckily, All people and pets inside the home got out with no injuries, which is what this neighborhood is thankful for.

Melody sighs, "If anything differently would have happened in a matter of seconds it would have been a really ugly story."

We did talk to the homeowners, who said they have insurance and family to stay with for now.