Saturday, September 18, 2021
Sept. 18, 2021

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Fire damages VanMall area home

By , Columbian Editor

A Sunday afternoon fire heavily damaged a home along busy Northeast Thurston Way in the VanMall neighborhood. Vancouver firefighters were called at 1:43 p.m. to a house fire at 4214 N.E. Thurston Way, south of Highway 500.

By the time firefighters arrived three minutes later, a large plume of dark smoke could be seen throughout the entire area.

Firefighters were able to rescue a dog from the single-story burning home, and kept the fire from spreading into the house next door. The neighboring house did suffer minor exterior damage.

Five fire engines and both of the city’s ladder trucks were dispatched to the fire before the flames were knocked down. In all 26 firefighters fought the blaze.

No one was inside the burning home when firefighters arrived, and no injuries were reported.

By 4 p.m. the fire was in the mop-up stages, although the southbound lane of Thurston Way was still closed. Vancouver police provided traffic control.

The Vancouver fire marshal was called to investigate the fire’s cause.