Scappoose firefighters respond to Warren structure fire
The Scappoose Fire District responded to a structure fire last week that caused nearly $8,000 in damage after a resident improperly burned yard debris, which spread to an outbuilding in the yard.
Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 33932 Slavens Road in Warren just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.
On arrival, crews could see smoke coming from the backyard, and later discovered a fire in a 20-by-30 shed behind the house, according to a release from SFD.
The homeowner told SFD he had been burning blackberry bushes with a propane torch, and said he hosed down the shed where he was burning beforehand. The resident also used a hose to wet nearby bushes and the shed after he was finished with the burning, prior to going inside his house to eat lunch.
The burn pile was located 20 feet from the shed. When the resident returned to check on the burn piles, he noticed smoke coming from the shed and called 911.
Firefighters determined the fire started outside the shed, which did not have electrical power. The cause of the fire was found to be improper use of a flame-producing device in close proximity to combustible materials.
The estimated damage was about $8,000.