Four pets killed in Walla Walla fire

By on Thursday, May 26th, 2022 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

WALLA WALLA — Crews from Walla Walla Fire Stations 1 and 2 were dispatched shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday to a residence on the 500 block of North Sixth Avenue with lots of grey smoke coming from the rooftop. Walla Walla County District 4 also responded to assist as part of a mutual aid agreement.

Crews arrived on the scene to find light smoke coming from the roof of a single-story residence. When firefighters entered the home, they found an active fire coming from the residence bathroom. They quickly extinguished the fire and searched the home to confirm no occupants were inside. There were no working smoke detectors in the home. The fire was under control at 9:25 a.m.

The occupants were not home at the fire time; however, family pets were inside. Firefighters
were able to rescue the family dog, but unfortunately, four cats died. There were no injuries to

The fire was confined to the bathroom, with heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the
residence. Red Cross was contacted to help the family with temporary housing. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage to the property and contents is estimated at $75,000.

The Walla Walla Fire Department reminds everyone that working smoke alarms save lives and
emphasizes the importance of checking your smoke alarms to ensure they are in working
condition. Smoke alarms can provide early notification when seconds count.