Fire destroys outbuilding north of Battle Ground

Crews faced exploding propane tanks, ammunition during blaze

By Mark Bowder, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Barn fire

Firefighters faced exploding propane tanks and exploding ammunition when a barn caught fire north of Battle Ground late Saturday afternoon.

The fire, which put up a plume of black smoke visible for miles, was reported by neighbors at about 4:35 p.m. at a 50 foot round metal outbuilding in the 11400 block of Northeast 279th St., said Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy.

Firefighters used a defensive approach to the fire, stopping it from spreading and knocking it down from the outside, Dawdy said. They then applied foam and allowed the twisted pile of wreckage to smolder overnight.

Dawdy said crews will return Sunday with an excavator to remove the metal debris and get at the remnants of the fire.

"There is no way to get it completely out than to remove all the metal," Dawdy said.

The fire is under investigation by the Clark County fire marshal, he said.

The outbuilding was on property owned by Raymond Cochran of Battle Ground, according to property records.