Shop and brush fire contained by Vancouver Fire Department

Flames were reported to be 20-feet high in the brush fire area

Crews from the Vancouver Fire Department were able to successfully battle a shop and brush fire Monday night.

At 8:45 p.m. Monday (Aug. 16), Vancouver Fire received multiple calls for a large fire north of Highway 500 and west of Andresen Road.  Crews arrived quickly to find an auto body shop on fire with a large area of brush and tall trees on fire as well.  Flames were reported to be 20-feet high in the brush fire area.  

Crews from the Vancouver Fire Department were able to successfully battle a shop and brush fire Monday night.
Flames were reported to be 20-feet high in the brush fire area. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire Department

This was a wind driven fire and was made more difficult because of exploding propane tanks and lack of water along the highway.  Vancouver Fire crews quickly added more resources including brush rigs and water tenders.  Crews were split into multiple divisions to attack the fire from multiple locations. 

After 50 minutes of intense effort, the building, tree and grass fires were all brought under control.  

Vancouver Fire had 15 apparatus and over 30 firefighters on scene.  No one was injured.  Vancouver Fire Marshal 3 is investigating the incident. 

Information provided by Vancouver Fire Department.

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