Vancouver Fire Department responds to two fires five minutes apart

Friday morning fires included the rescue of a resident of a Vancouver apartment

A single resident of a Vancouver apartment complex was rescued Friday morning from his third floor unit by crews from the Vancouver Fire Department (VFD).

At around 6 a.m. Friday (Feb. 5) morning,  VFD crews responded to an apartment fire at the Ashley Terrace Apartments located at 4500 Nicholson Rd. in Vancouver. The first engine arrived within five minutes and found light smoke coming from a third-story apartment. 

A single resident of a Vancouver apartment complex was rescued Friday morning from his third floor unit by crews from the Vancouver Fire Department. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire Department
A single resident of a Vancouver apartment complex was rescued Friday morning from his third floor unit by crews from the Vancouver Fire Department. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire Department

Upon arrival, a neighbor stated that there was still a male resident in the apartment that was on fire. Firefighters stretched an attack line up to the third floor and found the resident outside on the stairs with smoke staining on his face. Crews assisted him safely downstairs for an EMS evaluation before entering the apartment and extinguishing a fire that did the most damage to a bedroom.  

The resident stated that he used three fire extinguishers to try and put the fire out but was unsuccessful. After an EMS evaluation, the resident refused ambulance transport to an area hospital. This fire was extinguished quickly and there was no extension into neighboring apartments. 

Vancouver Fire Department wants to remind citizens that breathing in smoke is extremely dangerous to your health and they should get out and stay out of the building. 

In total, the VFD sent 19 firefighters in five engines, a ladder truck along with two battalion chiefs to combat the blaze. 

There were no other reported injuries and the Vancouver Fire Marshal Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Recreational vehicle fire

At just after 6 a.m. Friday morning, the Vancouver Fire Department responded to its second fire within five minutes. 

This fire was in a travel trailer at the address of 5913 NE 114TH Street in Vancouver. Upon arrival, the first fire engine found a travel trailer that was engulfed in flames. Crews immediately stretched a hoseline to attack the fire and prevent it from extending into the adjacent home. 

Other fire crews assisted by establishing a water supply to the initial pumping engine as there were no hydrants to access near this location. Ten firefighters were able to safely extinguish this fire and prevent it from extending into and damaging the home. 

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire. There were no reported injuries and the single RV occupant was able to safely evacuate under his own power. 

Information provided by Vancouver Fire Department.

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