At 5:28 a.m. Saturday, East County Fire and Rescue and the Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to a fire at 2101 N.E. 375th Ave. in Washougal. It’s the property of Mark and Julia Fennell, according to county property records.
The structure, a log cabin, was on fire when firefighters arrived. A total of 15 units responded from East County Fire and Rescue, the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, the Vancouver Fire Department and Skamania County.
But because there are no fire hydrants in the area, “initial responding crews took a defensive stance to protect the surrounding area,” said a statement released on Saturday. “The home, valued at $350,000, was judged a total loss.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal. Occupants got out safely and there were no injuries to responding personnel.
When a fire engine breaks down, it can’t just be taken into the nearest auto shop.
Central Whidbey Fire &Rescue used to have to wait for an outside contractor to come and fix their engines, prolonging the “out-of-service” time of that vehicle. Now the shop comes to the engine.
Firefighter and mechanic Michael Matros retrofitted a retired, gutted rescue truck in order to service and repair engines and other fire district vehicles onsite.
“It’s a rolling toolbox; I have everything I need in there,” said Matros.
A fire at a Kent business burned so hot early Friday that it partially collapsed the roof, according to Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.
Crews were called about 3:20 a.m. to the 24800 block of Pacific Highway South after an automatic fire alarm sounded. A police officer patrolling the area confirmed there was heavy smoke and flames.
About 30 percent of the roof had already collapsed by the time firefighters arrived, which meant they sounded a second alarm in case the blaze spread to two nearby businesses.
Tacoma News Tribune
First responders from multiple Clallam jurisdictions took part in a rescue of a man who fell over an embankment at the Elwha River near Highway 112.
At around 7 p.m., the man was hauled to safety using ropes, a harness and litter, according to Assistant Chief Mike DeRousie of Clallam Fire District No. 2.
He was transported to Olympic Medical Center after 7 p.m. with leg and back pain, said DeRousie.
District 2 initially responded at approximately 4:30 p.m. for a report of a man who fell about 20 feet down an embankment at the former Elwha Dam site near Highway 112.
Personnel from Clallam Districts 2 and 3, Port Angeles Fire Department and Clallam County Search and Rescue assisted in the rescue.
Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
A two-alarm fire destroyed a home near Skyway Friday night.
Firefighters from multiple agencies were called to the home off Beacon Coal Mine Road, near Monster road about 10:30 p.m.
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Crews said when they arrived, the home was 70 to 80 percent engulfed in flames.
Video from the King County Sheriff's Office Guardian One helicopter showed a massive ball of fire.
Crews said one of the walls of the homes collapsed, so they moved into a defensive mode. It took more than two-dozen firefighters over an hour to get the fire fully contained.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Two people suffered minor injuries when a fire broke out inside their home Monday morning.
Firefighters were called to the 4700 block of 26th Ave SW around 4:15 a.m. when a fire was reported in the home's kitchen. Flames eventually spread to a steel storage structure in the back yard.
An elderly man and woman were inside the home and made it out safely, but had to be treated for minor smoke inhalation. A small dog is still missing.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000