Firefighters from several agencies battled a house fire Saturday morning in a remote area of east Vancouver, according to a press release from the Vancouver Fire Department.
At 9:15 a.m. Saturday, the department was dispatched to a house fire near the 5500 block of 199th Avenue. Due to the home’s remote location, it took firefighters nearly 10 minutes to arrive on the scene. Responding crews could see a plume of smoke from miles away, the release said.
The first arriving crews found a garage fully engulfed in flames that were spreading to the second floor. Firefighters stretched hose lines to extinguish the blaze, but a steady source of water was an issue during the initial phases of the incident. Crews from East County Fire and Rescue and Clark County Fire District 3 assisted with pumping using their large water tenders. Crews from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department also assisted.
In total, there were nine fire engines, one ladder truck, three battalion chiefs and three water tenders operating at the scene, with a total of about 36 firefighters. It took over 30 minutes for the blaze to be extinguished, the press release stated.
The Vancouver Fire Department chaplain, Pastor Pete Schrater, responded to the scene and assisted the homeowner, along with the Red Cross. There were no injuries reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Clark County fire marshal’s office, according to the press release.