Scappoose home destroyed in residential fire
A person was transported to a Portland hospital for non-life-threatening burn injuries after a fire in Scappoose just before noon on Monday, Sept. 13.
Scappoose Fire District crews responded to a fire in the Springlake Community of manufactured homes in southeast Scappoose, behind Bi-Mart. The gated community includes 145 homes for ages 55 and older.
"The fire was called in at 11:54 a.m., and we arrived in six minutes to a fire that was spreading quickly inside the house. The fire was deemed under control in 39 minutes," the Scappoose Fire District said in a press release.
There were two occupants inside the home when the fire started, but both were able to escape. One was transported to a hospital with injuries the fire district said weren't life-threatening.
Scappoose Fire Chief Jeff Pricher said the home was declared a total loss due to the damage.
Fire crews managed to stop the fire from spreading to neighboring homes, which are built close together.
Two fire engines, one medic, and two chief officers responded. Columbia River Fire & Rescue assisted, and the Columbia River People's Utility district responded to shut off electricity.
Scappoose Fire officials said the fire was deemed accidental, though the exact cause is still under investigation.
"When dealing with cooking oil fires, shut off the power to the stove and smother the flames by sliding the lid over the pan," the district reminded residents. "Never put water on a grease fire, and do not attempt to move the pan. The water can be super-heated and change to steam and can cause severe burns. Also, it can cause oil to splash up and spread the fire."
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