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Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire quickly extinguish a residential fire in South Kelso - 12/31/19

Date: 12/31/2019

Kelso- Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire Department responded to a reported residential fire at 905 Cedar St, Kelso. Chief Officer arrived on scene to find a duplex with black smoke coming from the roof vents and attic space. After determining the adjacent duplex was unoccupied, C2FR and LFD firefighters extinguished a fire in the bathroom that had spread into the attic. Crews were on scene for approximately 90 minutes, ensuring the fire hadn’t extended further in the attic insulation. A total of 9 Firefighters, 2- Chief Offciers and a Safety Officers responded to the incident

Property management stated the residence had been receiving some upgrades to the heating, paint and general maintenance and that it had not been occupied for living for the last month.

Investigators ruled the fire had started in the bathroom ceiling vent fan/light which appeared to have been installed many years prior.

Estimated damages are at $8-10,000