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Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Nov. 29, 2023

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Crews quell blaze at West Hazel Dell house

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter

Clark County Fire District 6 crews quickly extinguished a fire Tuesday at a house that was originally built more than a century ago. 

Crews were dispatched at 2:42 p.m. to the 5700 block of Alki Road in West Hazel Dell for a report of a residential fire. 

The first arriving crew reported there was an active fire in a small home. Smoke was billowing from the front of the building, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.

Two additional engines were requested to respond to the scene. Firefighters entered the house and extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes. 

Fire District 6 spokesman Dave Schmitke said there was a lot of smoke but no visible flames inside the house, which was originally built in 1883, according to Clark County property records. Schmitke said the family who built the original structure still owns it. 

The home, which has had rooms added to it over the years, is in fairly good shape. The home’s contents are much worse off, according to the spokesman. 

“The building may be salvageable,” Schmitke said. 

It’s unclear where the fire started. Flames did not spread into the attic.

A Clark County fire marshal was on scene Tuesday night attempting to determine the cause.

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