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Dec. 1, 2023

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Three displaced by Sifton-area house fire

By , Columbian staff reporter

Three people were displaced Thursday morning after lumber stacked against the side of their Sifton area house caught fire.

The Vancouver Fire Department responded at 2:08 a.m. to 12207 N.E. 83rd St. The residents discovered the fire and called 911, according to a fire department news release. They were all already outside.

The first crew arrived to find a single-story house filled with smoke, the fire department said. Firefighters said that wood stacked at the back of the house was burning, and the blaze had spread into the attic through the vents in the eves.

The department said a large amount of belongings at the house made firefighting difficult.

Crews extinguished the fire at the back of the house before fighting the flames inside, the news release states. Firefighters reported fire inside, along with thick smoke. Another crew cut a ventilation hole in the roof to let the smoke out.

The blaze was under control within 30 minutes, the department said.

No one was reported injured.

Eighteen firefighters, four engines and one ladder truck responded, the news release states. Three crews stayed on scene until 5:30 a.m. to watch for hot spots and salvage belongings.

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of fire.

The Vancouver Fire Department reminds people not to keep combustible materials next to their houses.

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