About 75 firefighters, 25 fire engines, a boat and a helicopter responded to a burned-down, multimillion-dollar waterfront home in east Vancouver on Monday evening.
Crews responded about 3:15 p.m. to multiple boaters on the Columbia River who called 911 when they saw smoke in trees near 18337 S.E. Evergreen Highway, but callers couldn’t identify the exact address, said Jesse Martin, spokesperson for the Vancouver Fire Department.
When the first firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a riverfront mansion fully engulfed in flames, but it’s unclear the exact address of the home. There were no reported injuries and no one was home, according to Martin. The burned home had four bedrooms and six bathrooms in almost 5,000 square feet plus a 2,200-square-foot basement, according to radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.
Firefighters from across Clark County, Portland and the Department of Natural Resources joined the firefight as winds blew flames toward a neighboring house to the west, which immediately become the priority for firefighters to protect.
Fire crews rotated off the line into an air-conditioned bus to keep safe from the heat every 10 to 15 minutes, as the temperature reached 115 degrees outside.
The nearby railroad shut down during the firefight, and crews were able to control the spread in about two hours. Brush and trees burned in a spot about 200 to 300 feet in diameter, Martin said.
Firefighters were able to protect the second home that was under threat of being burned, but the burned house was a total loss.