On March 1, 2017 at 0609 AM Longview Fire was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 200 block of 23rd Ave. Responding firefighters were updated with information from dispatch the fire was "Through the Roof".
When fire crews arrived at 289 23rd Ave they reported a fully involved residence with heavy fire pushing out of every window and door, and venting through the roof. The neighboring residence was also being scorched by impending flames.
Initial actions included attacking the primary residence that was on fire, and also protecting the exposure, which was occupied by two adults and two children; one recovering from recent surgery. Because of fire involvement to the structure firefighters utilized defensive tactics, and applied hose streams from an exterior safe position. The home had all its windows boarded up from a prior fire which also challenged firefighters initial actions.
On February 1, 2015 Longview Fire responded to the same home. During that fire, Longview Fire found a fire victim who died as a result of the fire. Neighbors reported that the property owner had been working on the building as recent as three weeks ago.
Firefighters put the fire under control within approximately 20 minutes. The building was without power and unoccupied at the time of the fire and is considered a total loss. Fire investigators are processing the scene to determine origin and cause.
The neighboring family's home was scorched by fire and filled with smoke. Red Cross was requested to provide housing assistance.
There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported in today's fire.