HERMISTON - Hermiston firefighters quickly knocked down a duplex fire Tuesday morning.

The fire, at 420 N.W. 11th St., started in the northwest corner of the building. Dena Faulstich, who lives in the unit, was out in the yard when she saw smoke and called the fire department.

Mark Johnson and another firefighter arrived first to find smoke rolling out of the north end of the home. They pointed a fire hose into the duplex and sprayed, waiting for back-up before entering. They couldn't see the fire's source.

"It was just blinding smoke," Johnson said.

Nine firefighters with two engines made short work of the blaze.

"The fire was confined to the back northeast corner, with smoke damage throughout," said Fire Chief Jim Stearns.

He stood in the yard talking as a firefighter tossed charred clothing and other items onto the lawn for another to spray them down.

"Right now, we're checking the attic to make sure there's no extension of the fire," Stearns said.

The cause is undetermined. Fire Marshal Tom Bohm will inspect the home and report his findings later in the day.

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