Fire occurred at the Van Ridge Mobile Home Park; all residents made it out safely
Three adult residents of a mobile home in Ridgefield made it out of their home safely after being notified by neighbors their home was on fire early Friday morning.
Fire units were dispatched at 3:41 a.m. to a report of a mobile home on fire at the Van Ridge Mobile Park, located at 415 NE 194th Street in Clark County. Deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrived prior to fire units and reported that a mobile home was fully engulfed in flames and that nearby cars were catching fire. CCSO deputies also reported that all occupants had made it out safely.
The first Clark County Fire & Rescue unit arrived on scene moments later to find the double-wide mobile home fully involved in fire, as well as three vehicles, a boat, and a shed that were burning. In addition, mobile homes on either side of the unit on fire were threatened by the flames. The primary mobile home and three vehicles are a total loss. The boat and the shed suffered minor damage.
Firefighters performed defensive fire operations, which focused on protecting the surrounding homes and bringing the fire under control from the outside. The fire unit was too involved for firefighters to safely make entry.
The three adult occupants of the home were awakened by a neighbor pounding on the door and warning them that the porch was on fire. One of the occupants stated that he barely had time to grab clothing before exiting. It is unknown if smoke alarms were present, but none sounded to warn the occupants of the fire. The occupants will be assisted by the American Red Cross to help find temporary housing.
There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters during this incident.
Clark County Fire & Rescue was assisted by units from Clark County Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department.
The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office. Units will be on scene until mid-morning to overhaul the fire and assist with the investigation.
Information provided by Clark County Fire & Rescue.