Flames engulf home at end of 32nd Court in Ridgefield


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first_img About 7:20 p.m. Friday, firefighters rushed to a house in flames at 764 N 32nd Court in Ridgefield.Crews with Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived and radioed that the first and second stories were in flames, according to emergency radio traffic.Crews were dragging hoses a good distance and commanders called several times for more water.Residents were out safely.A firefighter radioed a warning that a deck was about to collapse.A person who lives there developed high blood pressure and was treated.In what firefighters call a transitional attack, firefighters first steamed water into the home from outside, to cool some flames, then dragged their hoses inside.Shortly before 8 p.m., a commander radioed that the firefighters had been working hard and needed fresh replacements.A commander called for a second alarm. It took firefighters 55 minutes to bring the fire under control.Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said the home was attached to another building that’s used for a business that repairs washers and dryers.More than 20 firefighters, many who relieved tired first crews, saved the business building, but damage to the rear of the house was estimated at $200,000.The crews came from CCFR, Fire District 6 and Fire District 3, in five engines, a rescue truck and a ladder truck, Dawdy said.The home is uninhabitable so Red Cross volunteers came to help the family with vouchers for food and a motel room.No people were reported injured but two pet dogs died, Dawdy said.The cause of the fire remained under investigation late Friday.John Branton: 360-735-453 or john.branton@columbian.com. Test Captionlast_img

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