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Suspicious fire remains under investigation

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire in a vacant manufactured home on Monday, Oct. 21. The home was completely destroyed by the fire.A vacant home was completely destroyed on Barker Road in Rainier due to a fire on Monday, Oct. 19.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue received a call at 8:20 p.m. from a neighbor reporting the fire about a quarter of a mile down the road.

Division Chief Ron Youngberg said approximately 20 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Due to the rural location, a fire engine carrying a water tank had to be dispatched as well.

One deputy from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene by CRFR who reported the fire as suspicious. Youngberg said the home was nearly 50 percent engulfed in flames by the time fire crews arrived on the scene. The home was completely destroyed and damages are estimated to be approximately $50,000.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dustin Hald said the cause of the fire could be tied to a number of things that could have occurred inside the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police Arson Unit and Explosive Unit.

No injuries were reported during the fire.

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