Wife and children perish in Benton County fire
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.
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.