Firefighter Fighting Washington Wildfire Loses Entire Family in House Fire

Wife and children perish in Benton County fire


Palmer Fire (InciWeb/Maurice ‘Mo’ Goodall photo)


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BENTON CITY, Washington – KREM reported that a firefighter lost his family in a house fire in Benton City while he was working on the Palmer Fire, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

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Marcaria Garcia-Martinez, 32, Luz Garcia-Martinez, 17, Luis Garcia-Martinez, 15, and Michelle Garcia-Martinez, 6, died of smoke inhalation, according to Benton County Coroner William Leach.

Sheriff’s deputies and Benton County Fire District 2 firefighters responded to the Green Acres Mobile Home Park at 12:52 a.m. When they arrived on scene, they found a home engulfed in flames and threatening nearby structures.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for the funerals.


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