Four escape burning Ogden home

House destroyed in morning blaze

By Andrea Damewood, Columbian staff writer


Updated: April 21, 2012, 8:24 PM

7908 N.E. 28th St.

A family’s teenage daughter woke to flames in an Ogden Neighborhood home, and roused her three family members before the fire destroyed their house, the Vancouver Fire Department said today.

Two adults, the teenager, a female toddler, and the family’s two dogs escaped without injury in the 10:30 a.m. fire, that sent flames shooting out the back of the residence, Firefighter Joe Spatz said.

Sixteen firefighters from Vancouver fire and Fire District 6 arrived on at the house at 7908 N.E. 28th St., to heavy smoke from the front and heavy smoke and flames at the back, Spatz said.

Firefighters knocked back flames from the outside before heading in to extinguish hot spots, he said.

The main body of the fire was taken out in 10 minutes, and the fire was under control in 20 minutes, Spatz said.

Investigators said the fire broke out in the rear living room of the residence, though the exact cause could not be determined, Spatz said.

The house is owned by Judith Brown, according to county property records. Spatz said it was a total loss, with damage estimated at $215,000.

The American Red Cross was on scene to provide assistance to the family.