House fire in Rainier investigated for arson
Law enforcement personnel are investigating a suspected arson that resulted in the loss of a home in Rainier.
Emergency officials were dispatched to house fire in the 30100 block of Tide Creek Road around 7:54p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, when a structure fire was reported.
The lone occupant who was home at the time of the blaze was able to escape unharmed. The home was declared a total loss.
The cause of the fire is suspected arson and it is still under investigation.
Columbia County Sheriff Brian Pixley said his agency is heading up the investigation. Since the investigation is currently active, no additional information is being released at this time.
A video of the fire was posted on social media and a man who appeared to be the owner of the property indicated the fire was started as the result of an argument with a woman with whom he was building the house.
Emergency crews reported there were no usable fire hydrants or water sources near the house, which required fire crews to fill a water tender to fight the blaze.
Twelve firefighters, two chief officers, a public information officer, two fire engines, three water tenders and a medic responded to the fire.
Additionally, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Columbia River People's Utility District and Oregon State Police responded.
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