Fire damages double-wide near Dollars Corner

Flames gutted home's kitchen, but were contained quickly

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

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A fire destroyed the kitchen of a manufactured home in the Dollars Corner area west of Battle Ground Wednesday evening. The fire started in the kitchen. (Clark County Fire & Rescue)

Firefighters mop up after extinguishing a fire Wednesday evening that started in the kitchen of a double-wide manufactured home near Dollars Corner. (Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

Flames gutted the kitchen of a double-wide manufactured home near Dollars Corner on Wednesday evening, with the fire displacing the home’s residents.

The fire sparked shortly after 7 p.m. in the kitchen of the home, at 5302 N.E. 239th St., west of Battle Ground. The home is near a fire station, so crews arrived quickly to attack the flames, Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said.

When the agency’s firefighters got to the home, they found flames throughout the kitchen. They doused the fire using water from their ladder truck while tender trucks headed to the scene to assist. The area has no fire hydrants.

The fire was out in “just a couple minutes,” Dawdy said. “They were really close, and they arrived quickly.”

The home sustained significant fire and smoke damage, Dawdy said. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office.

No one was injured in the fire, but the double-wide’s residents couldn’t stay in their home. They declined assistance from the Red Cross in finding a place to sleep for the night.

Although the fire’s cause remains unknown, Dawdy said the fire serves as a reminder to “never leave cooking on the stove unattended in the kitchen. Cooking fires are one of the No. 1 causes of fires in America.”