Fire destroys vacation trailer at Lake Merwin campground

Firefighters douse fire at Campers Hideaway in Amboy

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway

Fire destroyed a vacation trailer Wednesday afternoon at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway in Amboy.

The fire was reported at 12:20 p.m. at the private campground, 24706 N.E. Columbia Tie Road.

One fire truck with Fire District 10 got stuck on a muddy route while driving to the campground. The second fire truck took a different road, lengthening the response time significantly, Fire Chief Gordon Brooks said.

The arriving firefighters found flames coming out of a trailer with an attached deck and room. The owner was not around at the time. Campground employees were using a garden hose to spray down a nearby 100-gallon propane tank, Brooks said.

Nine firefighters helped put out the fire in about 15 minutes and prevented it from reaching two other trailers. The windows of a nearby trailer were damaged by fire.

Firefighters stayed at the campground for about three hours while the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated, Brooks said.