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Early morning structure fire likely arson (Photo) - 04/20/18

Kelso, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire responded to a structure fire in the 1000 block of Elizabeth St. Friday morning at 3:40.  Initial reports were that a vacant house had smoke billowing out of all sides and the roof.  Fire crews arrived and immediately evacuated two nearby homes and attacked the fire.  Firefighters had the fire knocked down at 4:40 and fully extinguished at 5:48am.  Three engines, a medic unit, and two chief officers responded to the incident.  The house is valued at $39,000, according to tax assessments and is considered to be a total loss by fire officials.  The cause of the fire is likely arson, according to fire officials.  Fire crews also responded to two garbage can fires near the structure fire address within an hour of the structure fire being dispatched.  No injuries were reported.



Washington State Patrol challenge coin (Back of coin)
Washington State Patrol challenge coin (Back of coin)
Firefighter receives awards from Washington State Fire Marshal and Washington State Patrol (Photo) - 04/09/18

Kelso, Wa- Volunteer firefighter with Down Syndrome, Ryan LaFave, will receive an award and challenge coins from the Chief of the Washington State Patrol John R. Batiste and Washington State Fire Marshal Charles LeBlanc Wednesday, April 11th , for his heroic acts last summer helping four children escape a kitchen fire in their home. The award will be given at 11am at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue’s headquarters station at 701 Vine Street.  Fire Marshal LeBlanc heard of firefighter Ryan LaFave’s actions in a news story and later contacted Fire Chief Dave LaFave offering a visit and recognition with a challenge coin.  This challenge coin award will be the first ever given from the Washington State Fire Marshal’s office. 


Ryan, a next door neighbor, helped evacuate four children from their home on July 18th, called 911, and ensured they didn’t re-enter.  The children ages 13, 10, 9, and 6 were home alone and suffered no injuries from the kitchen fire.  Ryan received a letter of commendation and a Silver coin from Lieutenant Jason Sanders and Fire Chief Dave LaFave, his father, on Wednesday September 27th of 2017. 


The challenge coin’s origins began within the military given to those for a job well done and have since extended to public service agencies, other organizations, and even the presidency of the United States.  They are usually around 2 inches in diameter, are made of copper, pewter, or nickel, and have the organization’s logo or insignia imprinted on them.  They are often given to the recipient inside of a handshake as an appreciation token of their efforts.  



Cowlitz 2 fire and rescue to dedicate new engine and water tender (Photo) - 03/26/18

Kelso- Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue dedicates new fire engine and water tender and places them in service Wednesday night March 28th at 6:30 at their headquarters station at 701 Vine Street. This event is open to the public and media; refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

These two apparatus are a result of a passing public vote in November of 2016 towards an $11,000,000 capital improvements bond. The bond also will cover the cost of two newly constructed stations, Station 22 Baker's Corner and Station 25 in Lexington. Plans are underway for the new stations. Fire officials estimate construction to begin in January of next year. For more information on the construction and the new apparatus can be found at