As that crew attempted to put out the fire, the ceiling above them collapsed on top of them
Two firefighters were injured while battling a blaze at a Vancouver apartment complex Monday afternoon.
Just before 3 p.m. Monday (Feb. 22), fire crews from Vancouver Fire Department and Clark County Fire District 6 were dispatched to the report of a structure fire at 1114 W 36th St. at the Logan’s Court Apartments.
The first fire crew to arrive found smoke coming from an open door of a unit of a single story duplex. All occupants were reported outside. A subsequent arriving crew was sent into the structure to fight the fire and upon checking found fire above them in the attic.
Getting to the seat of the fire was made difficult by the high volume of the apartment’s contents. As that crew attempted to put out the fire, the ceiling above them collapsed on top of them, making conditions unsafe and causing them to pull out of the structure. From the point of the ceiling collapse, all fire fighting operations were performed from outside. The fire was completely controlled within 50 minutes.
Two firefighters sustained non-life threatening injuries during the blaze, one from the ceiling collapse. A total of 24 firefighters were on scene from both Vancouver Fire and CCFD 6.
The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s office was on scene to investigate the cause.
Information provided by Vancouver Fire Department.