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Three dogs die in rural Clark County house fire

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter

A house fire east of Battle Ground in rural Clark County killed three dogs early Monday morning, according to a battalion chief with Clark County Fire District 3.

Firefighters were dispatched at 6:08 a.m. to the 19700 block of Northeast Erion Road for a report of a residential fire.

The first fire engine arrived at the home in about seven minutes. Its crew saw flames extending out from the front of a two-story house, Fire District 3 Battalion Chief Dave O’Brian said.

The fire reached through the roof of the home within minutes, O’Brian said.

There were reports of someone trapped inside the burning building, but firefighters determined a woman, the home’s only occupant, had escaped through a back window. She got stuck in some fencing and bushes behind the house, but she was apparently uninjured.

Three dogs were trapped inside the home and died, O’Brian said.

It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control. Crews remained on scene for some time dousing hot spots around the house, O’Brian said.

The Red Cross was called out to assist the resident.

There are several outbuildings around the house that were not damaged by the fire, but the home is likely a complete loss, O’Brian said.