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Plane crash at Kelso Airport (Photo) - 01/14/21

Date: 1/14/2021

Plane crashes at Kelso Airport

Kelso, WA – A single-engine aircraft ran off the runway and flipped onto its top at Kelso Airport around noon today. The pilot was the only person on board and was uninjured.

The pilot reported that he was unable to steer his aircraft after landing and that it turned off of the runway into the grass. The aircrafts wheels wedged into the soft ground and the aircraft flipped onto its top.


Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue (C2FR), Kelso Police Department, Cowlitz County Sherriff’s Department along with Airport personnel and the LifeFlight crew stationed at the airport responded. The pilot secured electrical and potential fuel hazards before exiting the aircraft.

Law Enforcement will be assisting in the investigation of the cause of the crash with results available at a later date.


LT. Dan W. Cothren, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue 

Attached Media Files: plane_wreck.jpg
Camper Fire in Hotel parking lot under investigation - 12/30/20

Kelso, WA – Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a camper fire in the Red Lion Hotel parking lot just before 8:30 Wednesday night.  Firefighters arrived on scene reporting the camper, attached to a mid-eighties Chevy Silverado, half involved in fire.  Firefighters extinguished the fire in eleven minutes and confirmed nobody was inside.  Kelso police also responded to the incident.  The owner of the camper was contacted and arrived on scene to collect some personal items and answer questions from firefighters and police.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The camper and its contents are considered a total loss, according to officials.  No injuries were reported.   

Attached Media Files: Camper3.HEIC , Camper2.HEIC , Camper1.HEIC
Holcomb Rd Rollover Accident Sends 5 to the Hospital - 12/29/20

December 29, 2020

Kelso WA,

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a roll over vehicle accident at 1426hrs today where 5 teenage victims were injured and taken to area hospitals. The vehicle rolled multiple times before catching  fire and coming to rest against a parked vehicle in a residential driveway on Holcomb road. Several of the victims were ejected from the vehicle and had significant injuries. A Battalion Chief from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue requested additional fire companies and Ambulances to assist in the care and transport of the victims. In total Cowlitz 2 sent one Fire Engine, one Ladder Truck, two Ambulances, and two Battalion Chiefs. In addition one ambulance from Cowlitz Fire District 5 in Kalama , one Ambulance from Fire District 6 in Castle Rock were dispatched to the accident scene. A rescue unit from Fire District 6 was called  to manage the landing zone where two Lifeflight helicopters were called in to transport two of the critical patients from the scene. In all, three patients were transported by Ambulance to St Johns Medical Center in Longview and two patients were transported by Ambulance to awaiting Lifeflight helicopters where they were then flown to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

Battalion Chief Joe Tone