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Fire damages Pleasant Hill barn, carports

Deputy fire marshal says old barn was in good condition

By , Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith
Published: June 15, 2015, 12:00am

Investigators aren’t sure what started a fire that burned a barn and two carports in Clark County’s Pleasant Hill area over the weekend.

The fire was reported at 8 p.m. Sunday at 5500 N.E. 139th St. Firefighters with the Vancouver Fire Department arrived to find two carports on fire and gas cans exploding. The fire spread to the attached barn, said Chad Lawry, a lead deputy fire marshal with the city.

“It was running through the barn pretty quickly,” said Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Ken Hill. He said that firefighters were concerned about the lack of hydrants in the area and brought in their own water supply.

Firefighters quickly suppressed the fire, Hill said. Fortunately, the old barn was in good condition; had it been rickety, it would have burned up faster, Hill said.

Damage caused by the fire is estimated at $40,000 to the building, and another $20,000 to belongings. The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office continues investigating where the fire started and what caused it.

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