Laundry room fire causes $70K in damage

By John Branton and Paul Suarez

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Updated: January 26, 2012, 9:51 PM

 

A home in the Fisher-Mill Plain neighborhood of east Vancouver was heavily damaged by a fire early Thursday afternoon.

The fire damaged the laundry room in the home at 17407 N.E. 25th St. No one was home at the time.

The fire was reported at 1:08 p.m. Vancouver firefighters arrived in three minutes and quickly knocked down the fire in the ranch-style home, said Capt. Chris Moen, a fire department spokesman.

Vancouver Engines 9 and 10 arrived simultaneously. Within minutes, crews from Clark County Fire District 3 and the Camas Fire Department and other Vancouver firefighters arrived.

Crews found light smoke coming from the roof, set up an attack line and knocked out the laundry room fire by 1:14 p.m., Moen said.

The laundry room was heavily damaged and the rest of the home sustained smoke damage.

Firefighters remained on scene to make sure the fire didn’t spread to the home’s attic.

They discovered that areas in the attic were smoldering.

Fire marshals said the blaze was accidental and the cause is undetermined without expensive testing, Moen said.

Damage was estimated at $50,000 to the building and $20,000 to its contents.

County property records show the home is owned by Ivan and Svetlana Vasilchuk.

A fire department spokesman said there were apparently no pets in the house.