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Fire officials investigate arson at west Hazel Dell house

Woman reportedly saw a masked man holding a gas can outside before the fire

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: October 27, 2021, 4:33pm

Fire officials say a woman looked out her window Tuesday night in west Hazel Dell to see a man in a black mask holding a gas can outside of her house. When she rushed to the front door, she found the porch covered in gasoline and the siding of her house and a rug on fire.

The woman screamed for her husband and got their kids out of the house, according to Clark County Fire District 6.

The agency responded to the fire at 10:22 p.m. in the 1700 block of Northwest 104th Street. Crews arrived in less than five minutes, but the fire was already extinguished. They washed off the gasoline from the porch and ventilated the inside of the house with a fan, the department said.

No one was injured.

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire as arson. The agency is still looking for a suspect but does not believe there is any danger to the public. Deputy Fire Marshal Jason Knoble said it appears the person targeted that family, and there were no other fires reported nearby.

Four engines, one truck and one battalion chief from Fire District 6 responded. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office also responded.