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Crews extinguish second-story fire at rural house

Two residents suffered minor smoke inhalation

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

Vancouver firefighters doused an early Sunday morning fire at 11034 N.E. 94th Ave. Two residents suffered smoke inhalation but did not go to the hospital.

Firefighters were dispatched to the fire after a resident called 911 at 4:40 a.m. Sunday and said the second story of her house was on fire, according to a news release from the Vancouver Fire Department.

Fire crews arrived at the fire seven minutes later and found smoke coming from the windows on the second floor of an attached structure to a large rural house. Due to limited access to a fire hydrant, a water tender apparatus that carries 1,800 gallons was dispatched to the home.

Crews stretched a “fire attack hand line” through the front door and up to the second story, where they had no visibility because of the smoke. They knocked down the fire within minutes and then sprayed water out of a window to “hydraulically ventilate” the space and improve visibility, according to the news release.

Hydraulic ventilation pressurizes an environment and forces smoke out of the opening, the news release stated.

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.