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Manufactured Home Fire - 10/21/20

Longview, WA - At 9:42 PM Tuesday, fire crews were called for the report of a manufactured home on fire at 1345 Baltimore Street, Space 16. While responding, firefighters were told by dispatch that it was unclear if anyone was in the residence.  First arriving units reported heavy smoke from the mobile home. Several bystanders reported that they thought the occupants were not home but that family pets might be inside.

The fire was brought under control at 9:54 PM and at 9:59, the home had been completely searched without finding pets or people. Later, the family dog was found a few homes away with minor injuries, but okay. No people were injured.

Preliminary findings indicate the fire started in the kitchen and then spread throughout the home.

Smoke damage
Smoke damage
Updated Fire Photos 10/8/2020 (Photo) - 10/08/20

The photos sent via the first press release from Longview Fire had the extension .HEIC which is an Iphone extension. "HEIF came into the mainstream when Apple made it the default format for its pictures on iOS11 devices and macOS High Sierra. However, other operating systems or websites don’t yet support HEIF and its HEIC file extension". 

The photos have been reformatted, see attached photos

Anyone can convert HEIC files to JPG using a simple online photo converter www.heictojpg.com

Sorry for the inconvenience 

Longview Firefighter Responds to Reported Fire at His Prior Residence - 10/08/20

 

On the evening of October 7th at 1136 PM the tones rang at Longview Fire Department indicating a possible structure fire located at 2372 Jathom Ln, in the west side of Longview. As crews were rapidly dawning the protective gear before climbing aboard the apparatus Master Firefighter Justin Noel shares “That’s my old house”… the house he raised his family in until two years ago.

Crews from Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 Fire Rescue were in route when dispatch advised them the closest fire company, E82 who responds from 2355 38th Ave, just two blocks from the reported address, was on a medical first aid call and would be delayed responding. This meant the first arriving fire engine would be Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue’s E22, which is staffed at bakers Corner located at 5699 Ocean Beach Highway.

Prior to fire crews’ arrival Longview Police arrived on scene and confirmed the residence was evacuated and reported the garage door was hot to the touch, and they would not be opening it.  Engine 22 arrived and determined they’d be making their fire attack by entering through the home to access the garage fire.

Once crews entered the garage they encountered thick smoke and high heat conditions, and they had to blindly navigate the space searching though the smoke until they located the seat of the fire. A thermal imaging camera help guide them to a storage shelf that was the main seat of the fire.

The fire was brought under control in tem minutes, and fire investigators process the scene to determine origin and cause. At the writing of this press release fire investigators are looking at the possibility that a charging station for portable rechargeable batteries may have been the cause.

The primary fire damage was contained to the garage, with light smoke damage to the residence. The homeowners chose to stay with family members for the night. There is no estimate of damages and no occupants or firefighters were injured during the fire.

The week of October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week, and although this was not a kitchen fire, this year’s Fire Prevention Message is: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”, because cooking fires are the number 1 cause of residential fires in the United States.