Five people displaced after Washougal home destroyed in early morning fire

WASHOUGAL — Firefighters from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department say snow and a lack of fire hydrants stymied firefighters’ efforts to save a Washougal home engulfed in flames this morning.

 

The home, located in the 30000 block of NE 10th Street in Washougal, was destroyed by fire around 5:30 a.m. this morning, Wed., Jan. 11. The residents inside the home were able to escape uninjured.

 

According to a press release sent out by the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, reports of a structure fire came in at 5:36 a.m. Wed., Jan. 11. Multiple fire crews from East County Fire and Rescue, Camas-Washougal Fire Department, Vancouver Fire Department and Clark County Fire District 3 responded, but firefighters say “response and fire attack was hampered by significant snow on the roads and lack of fire hydrants in the area.”

 

When fire crews arrived on the scene, they say they discovered a single family home “fully involved in fire” and five residents standing outside in the snow. Fire crews worked to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes.

 

Fire officials do not know the cause of the fire at this time. Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

 

According to the press release, neighbors have offered shelter to the home’s displaced residents and Red Cross also is assisting.

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Kelly Moyer has been reporting for community newspapers since the mid-1990s, including the Newport News-Times on the Oregon Coast; the Lewistown Sentinel, a daily newspaper in central Pennsylvania; the Gresham Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Sherwood Gazette and South County Spotlight newspapers in the Portland metro area; and The Reflector newspaper in Battle Ground, Wash. She also is the former managing editor of Midwifery Today, an international magazine for birth professionals. Kelly, a University of Oregon alumnus and Pennsylvania native, lives with her family in Northeast Portland.

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