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House Fire in Longview Provides Challenges - 12/06/18

On December 5th at 1100 PM Longview Fire and C2FR were dispatched to a possible house fire located at 521 23rd Ave in the City of Longview. Fire crews had just returned from a prior apartment fire (see press release titled: Apartment Fire Displaces Three Families in Longview).

 

When firefighters arrived the entire neighborhood was blanketed in a thick layer of smoke caused by the cold weather and air inversion. Crew quickly determined that the fire was located under the one-story single family residence, in the crawl space… an unusual and difficult to fight location for a fire.

 

Crews attacked the fire from the crawl space for an initial knock down, but the fire had spread into the exterior wall and threatened spreading into the attic. To gain better firefighting access firefighters cut holes into the homes floor so they could fully confine and extinguish the fire. The fire was reported under control 45 minutes after arrival, and crews worked for another hour to fully overhaul and  extinguish the fire.

 

One occupant was home at the time of the fire and was able to exit the without incident; her husband was at work at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The family was relocated to a neighbor’s home during and after the fire.

 

 Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by an electrical short in the crawl space. The home suffered considerable structural damage under the home and in two of its rooms. Damage estimates are undetermined at this time; Statewide Restoration was called out to perform board up and security measures.

 

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