Fire rips across Selah hillside

Fire rips across Selah hillside »Play Video
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SELAH, Wash. -- Police are calling a brush fire suspicious after it burned a hillside and damaged two homes in Selah. Witnesses told police they saw a boy start the fire on the base of the hillside.

The fire broke out around 2:00 p.m. Monday just above Wixson Park in Selah, behind Robert Lince Elementary School. The fire burned the roof of one home and the deck of another. Nobody was injured.

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One elderly woman made it out just in time. She says her mail man was her saving grace.

"I was driving up Hillcrest doing my usual route, and saw the smoke coming up," said Mail Carrier Tad Reynolds. "I stopped and pulled in a driveway, looked down and saw flames coming up."

"He was knocking on doors making sure everyone was safe, and called 911," said neighbor William Shuel. "Our post man is who we owe a lot of thanks too."

Yakima firefighters were first on the scene. Selah crews were fighting a fire in the Wenas Valley when the hillside fire started. The fire chief tells us crews will be at the scene into Monday night to keep an eye on the lingering smoke.

The fire chief tells says fire travels quicker going up a hill versus on a flat surface. The fire was contained in about an hour.

Crews say this area is prone to fires. They happen there about every other year.