Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue Responds To Fully Involved Addiction At The Center
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue units were dispatched to reports of a burning outhouse east of La Center just before 5:20 a.m. on Friday, December 3.
Early reports indicated that several explosions could be heard coming from the building at 32318 NE 64th Ave., which were later identified as propane tanks and ammunition stored in the building, a press release said.
An engine from La Center station arrived nine minutes after the call to find a two-story building with a basement completely on fire. As crews stretched flexible hoses to contain the blaze, parts of the building collapsed.
The crews adopted a “defensive strategy,” the statement said, as they fought the fire from outside. Firefighters focused their efforts on containing the blaze so that it did not spread to nearby structures. The teams were able to bring the fire under control in 40 minutes.
The fire created hazards for responders due to its unprotected steel beams and trusses, which were weakened, warped and collapsed from the heat.
“We are fortunate that no firefighter was injured in this blaze,” Fire Chief John Nohr said in the statement. âThe handcrafted design and construction of this structure lacked the fire protection features commonly found in this type of building. ”
The statement said the two-story structure included “a daylight basement” that opened onto a large pond. The structure was used by the owners to entertain guests, the statement said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office. No injuries were reported during the fire, the statement said.
The CCFR was assisted by water refuellers from Clark County Fire District 10. In total, three fire trucks, a ladder truck, four water refuellers, three chief officers, a fire investigator and 18 people at the center. total responded to the fire.