Vancouver Fire Department crews extinguished an outbuilding fire Monday morning and kept it from spreading to nearby Who Song & Larry’s along the Vancouver waterfront.
Firefighters were dispatched around 4:30 a.m. to the restaurant at 111 SE Columbia Way. Crews had just finished a fire alarm call at another downtown business and arrived within two minutes, according to a news release. They found a 10 by 10 foot shed engulfed in flames.
The flames also encroached on a storage rack next to the shed holding 10 five-gallon propane tanks, the fire department said. The pressure from the heat caused one of the tanks to begin venting propane.
Crews stretched a hose line to extinguish the shed fire, cool the propane tanks and protect the nearby restaurant and another outbuilding. Twelve firefighters on four rigs responded. They remained on scene for about 90 minutes extinguishing hot spots and waiting for an investigator.
The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire. No firefighters were injured.