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Garage fire in East Vancouver (Photo) - 01/17/22

At 830 AM on Monday morning the Vancouver fire department responded to a garage fire in east Vancouver. First arriving crews to the Country-Side Woods neighborhood home found smoke and fire coming from the garage of a single story house. Firefighters extended a hose line and quickly extinguished the fire in the garage, which included two vehicles that were on fire. There were no reported injuries and all occupants were able to evacuate safely. A total of 16 firefighters were dispatched along with 2 battalion chiefs to combat the blaze. Firefighters were on scene for about an hour and a half. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Vancouver Fire Marshall's Office. 

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Morning accident partially closes Padden Pkwy at 94th Ave - 01/11/22

At 7:35 this morning, two engines and a ladder truck from the Vancouver Fire Department were dispatched to a tip-over accident involving a car-carrying semi on Padden Parkway west of 94th Avenue. First arriving units found the trailer holding five automobiles and one motorcycle on its side and the tractor tilted to one side at approximately 40 degrees. It was leaking diesel fuel from damaged fuel tanks.  An ambulance from American Medical Response made initial contact with the driver and reported him to be uninjured. Fire crews used telescoping rescue struts to stabilize the semi tractor and catch basins to prevent more fuel from making it onto the roadway. One of the Vancouver engines was staffed with Hazardous Materials Technicians and worked with Clark County Sheriff’s Office on scene to contact Washington State Department of Ecology to coordinate cleanup of approximately 40-50 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto Padden Parkway. The accident blocked three lanes: one east-bound, one west-bound, and one turn lane. The Vancouver ladder truck remained on scene until 9:10 AM to keep the vehicle stabilized enabling TLC Towing company to safely place cables to bring the tractor and trailer upright.

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Outbuilding fire extinguished before it spreads to downtown Vancouver restaurant - 01/10/22

At 4:30 on the morning of January 10th, crews from the Vancouver Fire Department were dispatched to a reported outbuilding fire at 111 SE Columbia Way next to Who Song & Larry’s restaurant. The first arriving unit, which had just cleared from a fire alarm in another downtown building, arrived just over two minutes after dispatch and found a ten foot by ten foot shed fully engulfed in flame. They also reported a storage rack holding approximately ten five-gallon propane tanks next to the shed was under direct flame impingement. One of the tanks had started venting propane due to being over-pressurized by the heat. The flaming shed’s proximity threatened both the restaurant and an adjacent small outbuilding. A hose line was quickly deployed to extinguish the fire and cool the propane tanks and adjacent buildings. The fire was put out before it could spread to the other structures. Crews remained on scene for approximately 90 minutes to extinguish all hotspots and await an investigator. A total of 12 firefighters on four apparatus were dispatched to the event. No firefighter injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Vancouver Fire Marshall’s office.

Attic Fire - 01/10/22

On January 10, 2022 at approximately 10am, Vancouver Fire Department was called to a report of a house fire 10111 NE 14 circle. The first arriving fire engine arrived to find a working chimney fire that had spread into the attic space. Crews pulled hose lines to the interior of the house to gain access to the fire and search for potential occupants. 

Firefighters were able to get the main fire under control rapidly however, there were multiple concealed fires that crews had to access and extinguish. 

 Overall, Vancouver Fire Department sent Five fire engines, a ladder truck and a Battalion Chief to the scene for a total of 20 personnel. There were no reports of injuries however, the family will be displaced from their home.  Vancouver Fire would like to remind you that chimneys need to be cleaned and inspected on a regular basis to help prevent fires. 

The fire is under investigation by the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office.

 

Vancouver Firefighters respond to early morning house fire - 01/09/22

At 0353 this morning 7 units from the Vancouver Fire Department were dispatched to a reported structure fire in a residence in the 4000 block of East 18th street in Vancouver. A passerby called 911 and reported seeing smoke and fire coming from the front of the home. The first arriving Vancouver Fire engine arrived 4 ½ minutes later as the closest fire engine to this address was on another emergency call in the area at the same time. They arrived to find fire coming from the front of the home and deployed a hose line to knock down the fire, crews then went inside for a search of occupants and located a female  that was removed and treated for smoke inhalation, her condition is unknown at the time of this press release. A total of 16 Vancouver Fire personnel worked to control this fire and had the fire under control in less than 10 minutes. The Vancouver Fire Department would like to remind residents to always have working smoke detectors in your home and check them regularly.     

Vancouver Fire Department quickly extinguishes new year house fire - 01/02/22

At 4:48 PM last night (16:48 01-01-2022) Vancouver Fire was dispatched to the report of a house fire at 6102 NE 113th Ct.  in Vancouver, WA.  Engine 8 was the first crew on scene and arrived within 5 minutes.   E8 took command of the scene and spoke with the residents to make sure everyone was out of the house and safe.  Four other units arrived at almost the same time and extinguished the fire 8 minutes after the first engine arrived.  Crews searched the structure to verify everyone was out. Then several companies worked to remove the smoke and helped to save personal items.  A total of seven Vancouver Fire units responded to the scene with a total of 20 Firefighters.  Clark County Fire Marshal 19A5 responded to the scene to investigate. 

Vancouver Fire would like to remind everyone to make sure your smoke detectors are functioning properly and have an evacuation plan for events like this. 

Vancouver Fire Department Extinguishes Early Morning House Fire - 12/25/21

At 16 minutes past midnight early Christmas morning the Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to 4710 NE 137th Ave in Vancouver, WA for the report of a house fire.  First on scene was Battalion Chief #2 who found a one-story home that was on fire.  He quickly made assignments to the next arriving fire engines and truck to extinguish the fire & search for possible victims.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  All human residents were out of the house.  Unfortunately, four dogs and one cat perished on scene before fire department arrival.  Crews then switched to an overhaul mode and to save as many personal belongings as possible including many unopened Christmas gifts, photographs and other personal items. There were 19 Vancouver Fire professionals on scene.  Three people were displaced from the residence.  The Red Cross was notified.  Vancouver Fire Marshal #8 was on scene to investigate. 

Please remember to check your smoke detectors on a regular basis.