An RV was destroyed by fire late Friday morning in the parking lot of the Orchards Goodwill in east Vancouver.
The fire was reported at 11:03 a.m. at 14201 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Firefighters arrived to find a hot fire consuming an RV parked close to the store, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.
A second engine arrived shortly thereafter and established a water supply via a fire hydrant, Vancouver firefighter Jesse Martin said.
Everyone was safely out of the RV, but an ambulance was called to the scene to assess and treat a potential victim.
A man who lived in the RV was working on the vehicle when it caught fire, Martin said. He tried to extinguish the fire himself and singed some hairs on his arm, he said. Medics treated the man at the scene, and he was not taken to a hospital.
Due to the hot fire and proximity to the building, the Goodwill store and an office space were ordered to be evacuated for a few minutes.
The fire was under control in about 10 minutes, according to the fire department.
The RV was destroyed in the blaze. It’s unclear if the Red Cross was called to assist the owner.
A fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate the cause.