Home used as rental unit and was unoccupied; cause of fire still unknown and under investigation

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to a mobile home fire on Hammon Road in Rainier Tuesday, Dec. 20. The home was deemed a total loss when crews arrived, and was threatening a nearby structureFirefighters responded to a structure fire on Hammond Road in Rainier on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 19, that caused nearly $6,000 in damage, destroying an unoccupied rental house.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a structure fire in the area and arrived to find a single-wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames.

When fire personnel arrived the home was already a loss, according to a release from CRFR, but flames were threatening a nearby shop where a backhoe was stored on the property.

The owner of the mobile home lives next door to the property and used the house as a rental unit. The house was vacant at the time.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation. The fire resulted in damages to the structure and contents estimated at $6,000.

Firefighter remained on scene for two hours putting out the blaze, monitoring hot spots and making sure flames did not spread to the nearby forested area, the release added.

CRFR crews were assisted by Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District crews and linemen from the Columbia River People's Utility District. A total four firefighters, two fire engines, one water tender, one chief officer and one public information officer were on scene.

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