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Early Morning Commercial Fire Quickly Extinguished - 03/12/18

Longview, WA -- Firefighters were dispatched to the scene of a commercial structure fire at 1953 7th Avenue in Longview at 4:48 AM early Monday morning. During the response, dispatch advised that they were receiving reports of flames visible from the Washington State Department of Corrections Offices at that location.

First arriving crews found flames and heavy smoke from a second story office window. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which did not spread to any other parts of the building. The structure was not occupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.

Investigators remained on the scene until just after 7:30 AM today and their preliminary report notes nothing suspicious. The investigation is ongoing. No dollar loss estimate is available at the time of this release.

Responding agencies included Longview Fire, Cowlitz 2 Fire, Longview Police, Kelso Police, and Cowlitz PUD. The last units cleared the scene just before 8:00 AM.

Attic Fire Displaces Family in Longview (No Photos) - 02/23/18

buildingLEASE: 352 22nd Avenue, Longview, WA. Attic Fire

Longview Fire Department and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a report of fire in the attic space at a single family residence located at 352 22nd Avenue in Longview, WA.

First units on-scene found a family of 3 adults and 4 children evacuated from a 900 square foot bungalow. The adults living in the home reported a smell of smoke coming from the ceiling inside the living room. Light gray smoke was seen from the outside of the building, coming from a gable vent in the front section of the roof.

Firefighters investigated and found a small fire in the attic space. Flames and smoke were visible in an area approximately 10' x 10'. Firefighters ensured the house was evacuated, secured utilities, and began extinguishing the fire. Salvage covers were placed to help protect valuables. Firefighters had to open the ceiling with special tools and apply water to fully extinguish the fire. They removed burned materials from the attic space to the outside of the building.

Next door neighbors offered the displaced residents a warm place to shelter while waiting for Red Cross volunteers. Red Cross was dispatched because the home was not habitable due to the damage to the attic/ceiling and the loss of power. Temperatures inside the home were below freezing, and no power was available for heat until a qualified electrician could ensure the building's damaged wiring was properly repaired.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There were no injuries to Firefighters or civilians.

Battalion Chief Blake Tomlinson
Longview Fire Department