Fast action by Vancouver firefighters contain fire to one apartment

Fire took place Tuesday evening at Apple Knoll Apartments

Vancouver Fire Department crews were able to keep an apartment fire from spreading beyond one unit Tuesday evening at the Apple Knoll Apartments.

A Vancouver ladder truck crew went to the roof to reach an area of the attic that was difficult to access from below. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire Department
A Vancouver ladder truck crew went to the roof to reach an area of the attic that was difficult to access from below. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire Department

Just after 6 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 11), crews from the Vancouver Fire Department were dispatched to 5114 NE 34th Street in Vancouver, the site of the fire reported at the Apple Knoll Apartments. A second alarm was called enroute to bring adequate resources to the scene, in case the fire grew quickly. 

The first fire engine arrived just four minutes after dispatch to find fire on a second floor balcony that was quickly spreading into the attic through the soffit vents. Fast extinguishment by that engine company kept the fire from spreading beyond that apartment and the attic above it. Crews were sent into adjoining apartments to ensure that the fire didn’t extend into or above them. 

Fire spread from the balcony to the attic. Firefighters pulled ceiling to fight the fire from below. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire Department
Fire spread from the balcony to the attic. Firefighters pulled ceiling to fight the fire from below. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire Department

Residents from two apartments were displaced. Two adult males were displaced from the apartment where the fire occurred. They were able to find accommodations with friends. An adult female and her dog were displaced from the apartment below due to damage related to the fire. She was being assisted by the American Red Cross.

A total of seven Vancouver engines, an engine from Clark County Fire District 6, and two Vancouver ladder trucks were on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s office.

Information provided by Vancouver Fire Department.

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