Vancouver firefighters extinguish fire that damaged home’s living room; occupant treated for minor injuries

By Jerzy Shedlock, Columbian staff writer

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Firefighters quickly extinguished a house fire Thursday morning on Northwest Bernie Drive in Vancouver that left the home’s occupant with minor injuries.

Fire District 6 spokesman Dave Schmitke said the initial call for the fire came in at 9:37 a.m. at the 650o block of Northwest Bernie Drive. The agency responded with two engines, and Vancouver Fire Department deployed another to assist.

When responders arrived, smoke and flames were escaping from the front of the house, Schmitke said. The fire was contained within five minutes.

At least a dozen firefighters were working around the home about an hour later. A front window of the single-story house had been broken where, according to Schmitke, firefighters threw burning debris out onto the front lawn.

Schmitke said initial indicators suggest the fire started in the living room in the northeast backside of the home where furniture was burning.

The Vancouver Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

The home’s single occupant received minor injuries and refused transport to a hospital.