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Fire burns vehicles, mobile home north of Vancouver

Callers report hearing explosions; no one hurt

By , Columbian environment and transportation reporter
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Smoke billows around cars and a boat as firefighters extinguish a fire Thursday afternoon at the corner of Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast 139th Street.
Smoke billows around cars and a boat as firefighters extinguish a fire Thursday afternoon at the corner of Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast 139th Street. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Firefighters responded to reports of explosions and a burning double-wide mobile home and nearby vehicles in the Barberton neighborhood north of Vancouver on Thursday afternoon.

A call came in at about 3 p.m. for a house fire at 7115 N.E. 139th Street, at the intersection of Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast 139th Street.

Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Bill Garlington said firefighters from his department, Fire District 6 and Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived to find fire burning in the home’s carport, vehicles and a boat.

Multiple 911 callers reported hearing explosions, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.

The intense heat from the boat’s burning fiberglass hull and vehicle fuel helped the fire spread to the home, Garlington said. Everyone got out of the house, he said, and no one was hurt.

Firefighters extinguish a fire off NE 72nd Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Video

The area is a low-density region for fire hydrants. Thankfully, he said, one of the relative few was about 200 feet away.

Northeast 139th Street was blocked for a couple of hours as firefighters worked.

County property records list Barrett and Elise Baker, under a different address, as the building’s owners.

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating.

Columbian environment and transportation reporter

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