Duplex on Pullman’s Sunnyside Hill heavily damaged by fire

A duplex on Pullman’s Sunnyside Hill was heavily damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon.  City of Pullman firefighters responded to their third blaze of the week around 4:30.  This time crews were called to a duplex on Sunrise Drive.  The fire was primarily burning a back porch when units arrived.  Firefighters extinguished the exterior flames before entering the duplex and putting out the fire which had reached the attic.  There were 7 occupants inside the duplex when the fire was spotted.  They all got out ok.  All of the displaced residents were able to find a place to stay with family and friends.  Firefighters rescued a Great Dane from a porch above the fire.  The upper unit sustained heavy fire damage the lower unit sustained some water damage.  No word on what sparked the fire.  Whitman County Fire District 12 volunteers out of Pullman were called in to assist.  The run of this week’s fires in Pullman began Sunday night with an arson fire at a downtown restaurant.  The second blaze was a cottonwood fluff fire on College Hill Monday night.