Passers-by help resident escape from burning house

Fire burned through about half of the Sunnyside neighborhood home

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Fire burned through a single-story house Friday afternoon in the Sunnyside neighborhood. A neighbor and a postal carrier who saw the smoke knocked on the front door to make sure the woman inside got out safely.

The fire at 9311 N.E. 96th St., just north of the Five Corners area, was reported by neighbors at 12:36 p.m.

Firefighters arrived minutes later to a very smoky fire burning through about half of the small home, said Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Kevin Murray. The fire was concentrated in the attic and rear of the house, where the kitchen and dining room areas were located. The back deck and a pile of wood in the backyard also caught on fire, Murray said.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but not before fire caused significant smoke and fire damage throughout the house. Additionally, the ceiling above the kitchen collapsed, rendering the structure uninhabitable, Murray said.

"We're just happy that no one was hurt," he said, commending the good Samaritans who alerted the woman about the fire. She was evaluated by American Medical Response medics.

The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire. According to county property records, the home was being rented and is owned by Chad and Shelly Lynn Boyd, both Battle Ground residents.