(AP) An elderly woman died in a Yakima water system on Monday, just hours after her home in a former water tank burst.
It happened about 2 p.m. in a small community west of Seattle, where the water was treated by a new generation of high-efficiency, water-saving technology.
The home, at 4,000 square feet, was one of several in the area that have exploded in size and number in recent years.
It was owned by the same family that built the original water tank.
It’s unclear how the elderly woman and her family became stranded.
The fire started inside the water tower.
A fire extinguisher was used to put out the blaze.
The fire was contained within the house.
The Washington Department of Health says the elderly man had severe lung and cardiovascular issues, and he was taken to a hospital.
It didn’t immediately know how many people were at the home at the time.
The house is owned by a family of five, and is about a block from the Capitol.