Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office trying to determine cause of both fires, which displaced a total of 11 residents
A number of area residents were displaced from their homes in two fires that took place within less than an hour of each other late Saturday night and early Sunday morning in Vancouver.
Fire crews reported that both fires started on the outside of the residence, burned up the vinyl siding and threatened fire in the attics. Neighbors used garden hoses at each location to slow the spread of fire until fire crews arrived.
The first fire was reported at 10:51 p.m. on Sat., July 4 at 6508 NE 104th Place. Four engines and one ladder truck from the Vancouver Fire Department responded to the incident. Upon arrival, crews found the fire on the outside of the house had been extinguished by a neighbor.
No fire reached the attic, though technicians from Clark County PUD and Northwest Natural Gas were requested to the scene to assess fire damage to the respective meters. Fire crews remained on scene for about 30 minutes to ensure that no hidden fire was in the walls or attic.
Seven residents were displaced and were assisted by the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office.
The second fire was reported at 12:45 a.m. on Sun., July 5 at 3203 Watson Ave, Unit B. Two engines and two ladder trucks from the Vancouver Fire Department and one engine from Clark County Fire District 6 were dispatched to the scene. The crews discovered a fire on the outside of the residence extinguished, but active fire burning in the attic of the single story duplex.
Fire crews were sent inside each unit to extinguish the attic fire. The fire went out quickly and crews remained on scene for approximately 90 minutes to ensure hot spots in the attic were extinguished. The American Red Cross came to the scene to assist the four residents who were displaced. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office.
Information provided by Vancouver Fire Department.