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Fire spreads quickly through mobile home in Vancouver

Firefighters rescued a cat from a mobile home fire Tuesday in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood.

Vancouver Fire Department crews were dispatched at 9:49 a.m. to Sky Ridge Estates mobile home park, 13217 N.E. 59th St., for a report of a residential fire.

While en route to the fire, dispatchers relayed that a witness reported someone had entered the home and not exited, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Joe Spatz said.

The first arriving crew found a mobile home with smoke and flames visible on the inside and outside; thick, black smoke was pouring from the building and flames were spreading to a nearby tree, Spatz said.

Firefighters doused the spreading flames from outside of the home before another crew went inside and extinguished the interior fire, according to the fire department.

No one was found inside the home, but firefighters rescued a cat and reunited it with its owner. It is possible someone had entered the home through one door and exited through another, Spatz said.

Five engines, two ladder trucks and a battalion chief — 25 firefighters total — helped during the response.

A resident was assessed on scene by medics but declined a trip to the hospital. She will be staying with a local family member, according to a fire department news release. One minor injury to a firefighter was reported. He was treated at the scene and continued his work, the news release said.

The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.


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