Fire destroys shop building in Venersborg

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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An early Sunday morning fire in Venersborg destroyed a shop building and displaced a family of five, authorities said.

Fire District 3 Assistant Chief Donavon Mattern said the fire broke out at 3:15 a.m. in a 20-by-30, metal-clad multiuse shop at 22413 N.E. 242nd Ave. The building contained some of the belongings of the family, who were living in a travel trailer on the property, Mattern added.

Loss of the contents was put at $25,000, a Clark County fire marshal estimated.

“They lost everything in the shop,” Mattern said. “They had a computer in there” as well as other belongings. He said he did not think the travel trailer was damaged.

Fire District 3 responded with two engines and a water tender and Clark County Fire & Rescue also sent two engines and a water tender.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Red Cross is assisting the family with lodging, food, infant supplies and formula, clothes, shoes and health services, according to Paula Fasano Negele of the Portland office.

The names of family members were not released.