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Fire destroys mobile home, three vehicles near Ridgefield

An early morning fire destroyed a mobile home and three vehicles in a rural mobile home park near Ridgefield, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue. No injuries were reported.

The fire was reported at 3:41 a.m. Friday at the Van Ridge Mobile Home Park, 415 N.E. 194th St., just west of Interstate 5 and north of the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene first and reported that a mobile home was engulfed and that nearby cars were catching fire, according to a fire district statement.

All occupants had safely escaped the burning home, the fire district said.

Fire crews arrived seven minutes later to find the fire had spread from the double-wide mobile home, to three vehicles, a boat and a shed, and was threatening mobile homes on either side of the fire.

Crews worked to bring the fire under control from outside and keep it from spreading further. The home and vehicles were destroyed. The boat and shed had minor damage, the fire district said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, but residents of the mobile home said they had been awakened by a neighbor pounding on their door warning them that their porch was on fire, according to the fire district.

“One of the occupants stated that he barely had time to grab clothing before exiting,” the department said.

It isn’t known if smoke alarms were present, but none sounded to warn the occupants of the fire, the department said. The American Red Cross was called to help the residents find temporary housing.

In all 20 personnel responded to the scene with four fire engines and a ladder truck, according to the fire district.


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