Fire ignites in outdoor sauna

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Radiant heat from a sauna caused a fire at an outbuilding in Vancouver’s Image neighborhood.

The 320-square-foot wood-fueled sauna sustained $17,000 worth of damage in the fire, reported at 11:17 p.m. Monday at 12505 N.E. 39th St., according to Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. The fire appears accidental and spread after the radiant heating source ignited nearby combustible materials, Scarpelli said.