Fire destroys camping trailer in Ridgefield

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: August 28, 2013, 8:40 PM

 

A camping trailer that was getting set up for Labor Day weekend was destroyed by fire at a residence in Ridgefield on Wednesday afternoon, causing nearly $10,000 damage.

At 3:51 p.m., a neighbor called in the fire at 6714 N.W. 304th St. The homeowner came out and tried to put out the fire with a garden hose.

Clark County Fire & Rescue firefighters could see smoke from their station, about four miles away, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy. The crew arrived seven minutes after the fire was first reported and extinguished the fire.

The pop-up trailer was plugged in and parked between a Honda CRV and a utility trailer in front of a pole barn. The total damage to the trailers, the Honda and barn reached an estimated $9,500, Dawdy said. He said the trailer belongs to a friend of the property owners.

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the trailer fire.

While the homeowner helped suppress the flames and likely saved the pole barn, Dawdy said homeowners should be careful putting out fires on their own. With dry conditions, weekend campers should take extra caution with potential fire dangers.