House fire displaces five residents in Battle Ground

Five residents were all able to evacuate safely

Friday (Dec. 3) night firefighters from Clark County Fire District 3 with aid from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue responded to a working structure fire in northeast Battle Ground.  Crews arrived at approximately 7:45 p.m. to a fully involved garage fire.  Tactics were immediately implemented to protect the attached home and extinguish the fire.  

District 3 firefighters work to extinguish a house fire Friday night in Battle Ground. Photo courtesy Clark County Fire District 3
District 3 firefighters work to extinguish a house fire Friday night in Battle Ground. Photo courtesy Clark County Fire District 3

Crews faced difficult fire conditions due to downed power lines that were severed from extreme radiant heat.  Exploding ammunition and venting propane tanks posed additional hazards to first responders.  

Firefighters on scene worked quickly to mitigate these hazards and get the fire under control, minimizing further loss. The fire did cause extensive damage to the 1,792-square-foot home, estimated at approximately $150,000 in loss to the building and contents.  

Photo courtesy Clark County Fire District 3
Photo courtesy Clark County Fire District 3

All five residents of the home were able to evacuate safely and were provided aid by the American Red Cross. One dog was recovered from the home and attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.  

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but appears to be accidental in nature.

Information provided by Clark County Fire District 3.

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