Fire damages room in Vancouver apartment

Firefighters quickly control 2nd-story blaze; nobody hurt

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor



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A fire tore through the top-floor bedroom of a Marrion neighborhood triplex Tuesday afternoon but was quickly knocked down before it could spread.

Lenin Fonseca and his family were inside their house next door when the fire broke out. Smoke was billowing from a burst-out window, and flames were licking the roof by the time they’d made their way outside.

“I said, ‘Come out,’ to my son and wife” upon seeing there was a fire next door, Fonseca said. The fire was reported at 4:07 p.m. at 10510 N.E. Seventh St., at the neighboring three-unit apartment building.

They were concerned the fire could spread elsewhere, but it was quickly contained by arriving firefighters, Fonseca said.

Firefighters from the Vancouver Fire Department arrived on scene to find flames coming from a second-story window. All residents had evacuated safely.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to contain the flames. They reported finding no signs the fire had spread to the attic or other rooms from the bedroom where it started.

Disaster volunteers from the Red Cross assisted three adults and one child displaced by the fire.

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