A fire destroyed a home undergoing renovations north of Battle Ground early Monday morning.
Clark County Fire & Rescue Chief John Nohr said the homeowners told firefighters at the scene that they were about three-quarters of the way done with remodeling. They’d been living elsewhere while upgrading the house, Nohr said.
CCFR crews were dispatched at 3:43 a.m. to the 10500 block of Northeast 269th Street for the report of a residential structure fire.
A neighbor called 911 and reported the fire, according to the fire chief.
The first arriving crew found a ranch-style home engulfed in heavy flames. Firefighters knew the house was unoccupied, so they doused the fire from outside and put water on a nearby home to prevent it from spreading, Nohr said.
Four engines, a water tender and two battalion chiefs responded to the call. Clark County Fire District 3 also helped extinguish the blaze in about 30 minutes.
Two crews remained at the scene for more than six hours, however. Part of the home collapsed during the response, so firefighters had to help the Clark County Fire Marshal dig through debris to find the fire’s point of origin.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.