When Josh Long first heard the crackling noise, he thought it might be someone’s air conditioner acting up, but then he saw something odd while passing a house along his Vancouver paper route.
He looked at the front porch a couple of houses away. At first, Long said, he thought he saw decorative lighting. Then he realized there were flames coming from beneath the porch, climbing up the siding of the house.
That’s when he sprang into action, calling 911 at about 4:45 a.m. and then knocking on the front door to alert anyone inside. The homeowner, Chuck Graves, came to the door.
“I said, ‘Your house is on fire,'” Long recalled. “He started yelling at the people in the house. Luckily, he had a working fire extinguisher.”
Long said Graves quickly sprayed the flames, knocking some of them down as his wife left the house. Within a couple of minutes, firefighters from Clark County Fire District 6 arrived at 12212 N.E. 44th Ave., and rapidly cut away at the porch with a chain saw to get at the flames and extinguish the fire.