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Interior Damage
Interior Damage
Early Morning Fire Damages Riverside Condominium (Photo) - 11/24/17

Longview, Washington


On November 24th at 4:04 am, units from Longview Fire Department and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue were dispatched to 749 Marine View Drive for the report of a vehicle fire in the parking structure. Units from Longview Fire Department arrived to find a vehicle completely engulfed in flames directly below the living units. Firefighters deployed fire hoses to extinguish the fire but were delayed by exposed, arcing electrical equipment. For the safety of the firefighters, complete extinguishment was delayed until the PUD could respond and secure the electrical hazard. The building was searched and all residents were evacuated. Upon the arrival of the PUD, the fire was extinguished but found to have extended into the living areas above.

Fire Department personnel worked hard to protect personal belongings while opening walls and ceilings in the living areas thereby exposing and extinguishing the remaining fire. The fire was completely extinguished by 8:30am and all fire units were clear of the scene at 9:35am.

One resident was transported by ambulance to the hospital and later released. There were no fire department injuries.

This fire was challenging due to the electrical hazard and extension of heat and flames into concealed spaces above the fire. Damage is estimated at $300,000.00 for the structure and an additional $40,000.00 in contents.

In total, nearly 20 personnel comprised of four fire engines, one ladder truck, three chief officers and two medic units were used at the scene.