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Vancouver mobile home fire displaces family; no injuries

By Wyatt Stayner, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 27, 2021, 7:48pm

A Vancouver mobile home fire Saturday afternoon displaced a family of five.

The Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire around 4:03 p.m. Saturday at 3912 N.E. 54th Ave., Vancouver. Five fire engines, a ladder truck and two battalion chiefs fought the house fire after arriving within five minutes of the call, according to a Vancouver Fire Department news release.

The first crew to arrive saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the mobile home, with the “header” of the fire visible from miles away. The fire crew quickly extended a hoseline to attack the fire from the exterior.

After extinguishing most of the fire from the outside, crews went inside and brought the fire under control with 10 minutes, according to the news release. They also conducted a search for victims.

Due to the heavy smoke and conditions inside the structure, the truck crew cut a 4-by-6-foot hole in the roof to let smoke ventilate vertically to make it safer for crews inside and improve visibility.

No was one inside the house, according to a Vancouver Fire Department news release, but emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian did say that a family of five was displaced by the fire. Responders were working to connect the family to the Red Cross for help.

The Clark County Fire Marshall Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Columbian staff writer