Firefighters douse attic fire in NW Vancouver

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Firefighters were called to action at 8:27 p.m. Thursday after someone reported a home on fire at Northwest 45th and Franklin streets.

With no exact address reported, firefighters smelled smoke upon arrival and, walking in the area, found smoke coming from the back of a home at 605 N.W. 45th St., said Capt. Chris Moen with the Vancouver Fire Department.

By that time, it was 8:36 p.m.

The smoke was coming out of the roof vents and eaves, and turned out to be burning in the attic.

A crew went inside to make sure no one was inside, Moen said. Two people who live there had escaped without injury.

Firefighters cut at least one hole in the roof with a power saw. Flames were considered under control at 8:57 p.m.

After that firefighters worked with poles, saws, hooks, a thermal camera and hoses to find and douse all hot spots.

They contained the fire to the attic, which sustained moderate damage, Moen said.

The cause and dollar damage estimate were under investigation.

No one was reported injured.