There were some fire calls, and some brush fires on July 4th in our area, but probably the most severe fireworks-related call was in Walla Walla.

   The city of Walla Walla reports home heavily damaged.

Around 11 PM, according to the City of Walla Walla and KEPR-TV, fire crews were dispatched to a home in the 2000 block of Glenn Erin Drive for a report of a garage fire. The area where the fire occurred is in the photo. 

The City reports fire trucks and tankers from stations 1 and 2 were sent and found the back of the garage and a nearby car were on fire. The flames were said to be threatening the home, and possibly those around it. Support units from College Place were also sent, due to the initial size of the fire.

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It only took about 15 minutes to bring the flames under control then out, but in that time significant damage was done to the structure, estimated to be as high as $150K .

According to fire crews and investigators, the preliminary source of the fire was burning embers, sparks, or debris from some aerial 'rockets' or fireworks that drifted down and set fire to some "combustible" materials that led the flames to the car and then the garage. Flames were said to have gone into the attic above a living room and kitchen area, according to KEPR-TV. The car was also damaged.

There were no reports of any injuries, fortunately.


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