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Apartment Fire Displaces Three Families in Longview (Photo) - 12/05/18

On December 5th at about 5:45 PM a wall fire was reported in an apartment unit at 1915 Dorothy Ave in Longview. Just prior to this fire notification multiple fire units were already responding to a possible fire in West Longview, so fire units were spread thin and were responding from as far away as Kalama.

When fire crews arrived they were told the fire was out… caused by some “Hot Work” while plumbing. Crews entered the smoke filled first floor unit and determined they still had active fire burning in the wall. Additional crews were assigned into the unit immediately adjacent, and the units above the fire. Four apartment units were filled with smoke indicating active fire.

As crews accessed the hidden fire in the walls they were able to extinguish the fire by accessing and attacking it from both lower units. No fire spread vertically to the upstairs units, however, there was significant smoke damage as well as damage to the waste plumbing system in the unit above the fire.

Three families were displaced by the fire and Red Cross was called out to provide assistance for one of the families. No injuries were reported, however, many of the occupants were staying put in their smoke filled apartments until firefighters ordered them out, for their safety.

When fire burns it creates smoke, and the smoke is filled full of Carbon Monoxide as well as other dangerous chemical gases. Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas, and the leading cause of residential fire fatalities. This fire serves as a reminder that when fire occurs “Get Out and Stay Out” and only go back inside after it’s been declared safe to reenter.

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