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Six displaced by two-alarm apartment fire in Woodland

One pet died after being removed from affected unit

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: January 7, 2021, 10:04pm
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Firefighters make a "trench-cut" in the roof to stop the spread of fire in the attic.
Firefighters make a "trench-cut" in the roof to stop the spread of fire in the attic. (Clark-Cowlitz Fire & Rescue) Photo Gallery

Six people were displaced and a pet was killed by a two-alarm apartment fire Thursday evening in Woodland.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire & Rescue units were dispatched at 5:13 p.m. to a report of an apartment fire at 1307 Goerig St. Engine 29 arrived within four minutes and found a single-story, six-plex building with one unit fully engulfed in flames, according to a news release from the agency.

“The strong westerly breeze was pushing the fire into the unit next to the fire apartment and into the attic space,” the news release reads.

Engine 29 called for a second alarm to bring additional crews to the scene, the fire agency said, and held the blaze in check until they arrived.

Crews completed a “trench-cut” in the roof to stop the fire from spreading in the attic, according to the news release.

Once the fire was fully extinguished, firefighters checked the apartments for occupants. No one was injured, but firefighters were unable to resuscitate a pet that was removed from one of the units, the agency said.

Two units were destroyed by fire. Three other units sustained heat and smoke damage, according to the fire agency.

The agency described the six-plex as an older building and said it didn’t contain an automatic fire sprinkler system.

Cowlitz County Fire District 1, Clark County Fire District 6, Clark County Fire District 3 and the Vancouver Fire Department assisted at the scene. A total of 33 fire personnel responded — seven engines, two ladder trucks, two chief officers and a fire investigator.

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire & Rescue crews anticipated to be on scene until 10 p.m., overhauling the fire and assisting investigators.