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Fire crews battle flames burning near Richland apartment complex

According to the Richland Fire Department, they responded at 10:58 P.M. to reports of what initially came through as a wildland fire burning near the Washington Square Apartments.

Firefighters spent part of their Friday night battling a fire that burned near a Richland apartment complex.

According to the Richland Fire Department, they responded at 10:58 P.M. to reports of what initially came through as a wildland fire burning near the Washington Square Apartments. Not long after they received another dispatch, this time for reports of a structure fire.

RFD says when they arrived at the location on near George Washington Way and Hanford Street, they found a fire burning about 100 feet of fence in the apartment complex’s back corner, as well as a couple of acres burning in the lot next door. Officials say it also looked like it was burning near a shop and the complex’s J building.

The J building was evacuated and fire crews managed to keep the flames from reaching both the apartment buildings and the Smart Park nearby. It’s estimated that the fire burned about 20 acres and caused some damage to the apartment complex’s shop building.

Responding agencies included Richland Fire, Kennewick Fire, Pasco Fire, Hanford Fire , Benton County Fire District #1, Benton County Fire District #2 and Benton County Fire #4.

Firefighters are still investigating the cause and plan to be back out Saturday morning. Fire officials say no one was injured.

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