Several pets killed in blaze; homeowners not home at the time

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews respond to a house fire on Clark Road west of Deer Island on Sunday, May 7. The cause of the fire, which killed two dogs and several chicks, is still under investigation.A house fire in Deer Island resulted in the death of several family pets on Sunday, May 7, after a neighbor reported seeing smoke coming from the building when the residents were not home.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to reports of heavy black smoke in the 27000 block of Clark Road, west of Deer Island, at 1:21 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The person who reported the fire was not the homeowner and did not know if the family was home at the time. When volunteer firefighters from the Goble Fire Station arrived at the scene, the single-story house was fully involved in flames, a press release from CRFR states.

On-scene emergency crews determined that no people were in the building, but two pet dogs and several chicks inside were killed in the fire.

Crews spent an hour putting out the blaze, which required the response of 14 career and volunteer firefighters, three fire engines, two water tenders and one medic.

Emergency crews from the Columbia River People's Utility District and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office were also at the scene.

The location of the home was approximately eight miles from Highway 30, the release added, and the nearest fire hydrant was on the highway near the Dyno Nobel fertilizer manufacturing plant.

After the fire, the home was uninhabitable, CRFR Division Chief Ian O'Connor said.

The homeowners were able to stay with other family in the area.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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