Fire guts bedroom in Battle Ground house

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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When a 15-year-old girl smelled smoke Wednesday evening, she rounded up the five children she was babysitting and got them to safety. By the time they got out, the house was filling with smoke from a fire that apparently started underneath the single-story house. The blaze gutted a bedroom and the crawl space, said Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy.

Firefighters with CCF&R and Fire District 3 were dispatched to the fire at 5:47 p.m. When firefighters arrived to the house on Northwest Second Ave., they found a fire in what appeared to be a children's bedroom, Dawdy said.

It was quickly extinguished, confining the fire to the bedroom and crawl space underneath. The fire melted the smoke detector, and smoke damaged the rest of the house, Dawdy said. The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating what caused the fire.