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Emergency crews respond to early monring fire that started in garage; family of 3 evacuated

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Emergency responders were called to an early morning house fire in the 300 block of North Vernonia Road on Thursday, Sept. 20. Neighbors noticed the fire which started in the garage and alerted the residents of the home who were able to evacuate.Emergency responders were called to an early morning house fire in the 300 block of North Vernonia Road in St. Helens on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The three occupants of the home, and a family dog, were alerted to the fire by a neighbor before the family safely evacuated.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to the blaze at 4:35 a.m. along with St. Helens Police Department, Columbia River PUD and Scappoose Fire Department. Firefighters found the blaze coming from the garage with smoke throughout the building.

A total 12 firefighters put out the fire in about 25 minutes, according to information from CRFR. No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage is estimated to be $50,000.

"Columbia River Fire & Rescue encourages residents to keep a working smoke detector in each room of their home and have a practiced escape plan. Anyone needing assistance with smoke detector installation or checking their smoke detector to make sure it is in good working condition can contact Columbia River Fire & Rescue at 503-397-2990," a media release from the agency stated.

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