Fire destroys west Vancouver house, displaces family

Sparked in kitchen area, but likely an electrical fire

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



Fire destroyed a single-story house in west Vancouver and displaced a family of three early Saturday morning.

The fire was reported at 12:20 a.m. at 3113 Watson Ave. in the city’s Fourth Plain Village neighborhood. Upon arrival, firefighters with the Vancouver Fire Department found a fully-involved fire. All of the occupants got out of the house.

Although the fire started in the kitchen, investigators have ruled out cooking as a potential cause, said Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. Preliminary findings indicate that it was an electrical fire.

The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office estimates $200,000 damage.

The Red Cross provided housing, food, clothing, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services for two adults and a child who were displaced by the fire.

According to county property records, the home was a rental unit built in 1971.

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