Ridgefield home heavily damaged by fire

By John Hill, Columbian Metro Team Editor

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Flames shot from the roof of a one-story Ridgefield home Saturday morning, catching the eye of someone driving by who quickly called for help.

At about 7:50 a.m., Clark County Fire and Rescue received a call of flames coming from within the home at 21605 N.E. 10th Ave., division chief Tim Dawdy said.

Firefighters quickly arrived on the scene and found flames coming through the roof, Dawdy said. The flames were brought under control within about 20 minutes. Crews from Clark County Fire District 3 and 6 also responded to the call to provide mutual aid.

No one was home at the time and no one was reported injured in the fire, Dawdy said.

“And when we arrived, the smoke alarms were sounding, which we like to hear,” he said.

Though the fire was extinguished quickly, Dawdy said the fire did appear to have caused major damage but it did not spread. The home sits back far from the road but is near a business.

“Luckily, there was an alert citizen driving by,” Dawdy said.

The cause of the fire is unknown, Dawdy said. The Clark County Fire Marshal’s office will investigate.