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Friends gather donations for family that lost possessions in Scappoose house fire

COURTESY PHOTO - Scappoose Fire District crews work to put out a house fire in the 50400 block of the Columbia River Highway on Saturday, Aug. 10. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported, but the family that lived in the home has been displaced.A family displaced by a house fire last weekend has begun to receive donations from the community after losing nearly all of its possessions.

Emergency crews responded to a house fire in Scappoose on Saturday, Aug. 10, while the six residents of the home were out visiting with friends.

Scappoose Fire District firefighters were dispatched at 6:35 p.m. Saturday night when a structure fire was reported in the 50400 block of Columbia River Highway.

When emergency crews arrived, they found smoke and fire coming from the front window of the home, while smoke was also visible throughout the building.

Catrina Davis, who lived in the home with her boyfriend and four children, said she was told someone had thrown a block through a window of the house, allowing the family's German Shepherd dog to escape the fire.

The flames were concentrated in one bedroom, but smoke spread throughout the home. The flames and smoke have left the family without clothes, important documents and all their personal effects.

Firefighters were able to knock down the flames and search the home. A total of 16 career and volunteer firefighters responded. Columbia River Fire and Rescue, Scappoose Police and Columbia River People's Utility District also assisted with the fire.

The parents and the four children, between 2 and 14 years old, are now staying in a cramped hotel, Catrina said.

"It's a hard time for our family right now," Catrina said. "Our main goal is to find a place that's stable for our kids. We just want them to feel comfortable... It has been an emotional rollercoaster this whole time."

Catrina said the family didn't initially want to ask for help, but a friend encouraged using a GoFundMe page to collect donations.

In addition to helping the family find stable housing, donations will help as the family tries to replace important documents that burned in the fire. Samantha Ingham, a friend of the family, has organized a GoFundMe.

Donations of clothing and household items are also being accepted. Those interested in donating can message Ingham through the GoFundMe page or on Facebook for more information.

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