Fire heavily damaged a house in the hills east of La Center early Monday morning and sent the homeowner and a firefighter to a hospital for symptoms of overexertion, according to Clark County Fire District 10.
Crews arrived around 1 a.m. at the reported residential fire, 10514 N.E. 337th St., to find flames shooting out of the roof, according to Fire Capt. Galen Sarkinen.
About a thousand gallons of vegetable oil in the garage was also on fire, and crews believe that is where the fire began before spreading to the main house, Sarkinen said. Three or four cars outside of the house were also on fire.
The homeowner was there when crews arrived and taken to a hospital for symptoms of overexertion from trying to save items from the house, according to Sarkinen. A firefighter was also taken to a hospital for similar symptoms but later returned to the firefight after they were treated, he said.
Most of the house was destroyed, although some rooms downstairs may be salvageable, the fire captain said.
Crews fought the fire for about an hour before beginning mop-up, which was ongoing late Monday morning.
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue, Clark County Fire District 3 and Clark County Fire District 13 also sent resources to the fire.
The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.