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Fire in Hazel Dell homeless camp injures one

By , Columbian staff writer
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Firefighters extinguish a hillside fire Tuesday morning in Hazel Dell that Clark County Fire District 6 says started in a large homeless encampment before spreading to trees. The department said one person suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Firefighters extinguish a hillside fire Tuesday morning in Hazel Dell that Clark County Fire District 6 says started in a large homeless encampment before spreading to trees. The department said one person suffered non-life threatening injuries. (Photo contributed by Clark County Fire District 6) Photo Gallery

One person was injured after a homeless encampment caught fire Tuesday morning in Hazel Dell.

Clark County Fire District 6 responded to the fire at 8:43 a.m. in a wooded area located between Northeast Highway 99 and Interstate 5, west of the Bonneville Power Administration’s Ross Complex. The agency said the fire appeared to have started in a large homeless encampment and spread quickly to trees and other debris.

The fire district said one person suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. No firefighters were injured.

“When conditions are drier this small fire could morph into a large problem,” the fire district said in a Facebook post.

Fire District 6 did not have information on the cause of the fire.

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