20 homes destroyed in the White Swan fire

February 14th, 2011 - 7:13 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Feb 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Firefighters have been able to bring the fire that razed down 20 homes, under control.

Officials announced yesterday that they managed to bring the fire under control but several logs were still visibly burning yesterday. The fire at the Yakima Indian Reservation was started in one house and soon engulfed several other houses nearby. Several firefighters were seen battling the blaze.

Officials announced that there were no resident casualties but confirmed that two firefighters were treated for minor injuries. The fire was fuelled by strong winds that caused concerns to the firefighters. About 70 firefighters were involved in bringing down the flame.

After binging the fire under control, firefighters were stationed at Yakima overnight as a precaution.

The chairman of the Yakima Council explained to reporters that, “There are a lot of spot fires. We have a hazardous, dangerous situation here.”

Residents told reporters about the experience. Some of residents said they tried to fight the blaze themselves but they soon realized they cannot do that. They subsequently fled the location and took shelter in the town’s high school and other such places.

45-year-old Rodney Martin told reporters that, “I got out front and tried to water the front of the house, and it overtook me.”

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