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Story by Aubra Salt - The Oregon Herald
Published on Friday January 8, 2021 - 4:35 AM
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Clark-Cowlitz Fire & Rescue (CCFR) units were dispatched at 5:13 PM Thursday to a report of an apartment on fire at 1307 Goerig Street in Woodland. CCFR Engine 29 from the Woodland station arrived at 5:17 PM to find a one-story 6-plex building with one apartment fully engulfed in flames. The strong westerly breeze was pushing the fire into the unit next to the fire apartment and into the attic space. Due to the volume of fire and the possibility of extension to more apartment units, E29 called for a 2nd-Alarm to bring additional resources to the scene.

The Engine 29 crew held the fire in check until more units could arrive to assist. Once more assistance was on scene, the fire was fully extinguished and the apartments were checked for occupants. In addition, crews needed to complete a "trench-cut" in the roof to prevent the fire from spreading further in the attic. This was an older apartment building (construction date unknown) and it did not contain an automatic fire sprinkler system.

Two apartment units were completely destroyed by the fire. Three additional units were damaged by smoke and heat. Six occupants were displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross ("Red Cross") was called to the scene to assist the displaced occupants.

There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians at this fire. Firefighters attempted to resuscitate a pet that was removed from one of the apartments, but unfortunately the pet could not be saved. CCFR was assisted on this incident by Cowlitz County Fire District 1, Clark County Fire District 6, Clark County Fire District 3, and the Vancouver Fire Department.

The fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office. CCFR crews will remain on scene until approximately 10:00 PM to completely overhaul the fire and assist the investigators.

Resources at the scene:

7 Fire Engines

2 Ladder Trucks

2 Chief Officers

1 Fire Investigator

33 total personnel


Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) serves over 45,000 people in a 125 square mile area, including the cities of La Center, Ridgefield, and Woodland, as well as the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. Our combination department includes full-time and volunteer firefighters responding to more than 4,200 fire and emergency medical calls a year. CCFR also provides comprehensive risk reduction and fire marshal services in the cities of our District. CCFR operates under a balanced budget, and has a history of passing independent financial audits by the state. Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue, formerly known as Clark County Fire & Rescue, changed its name in 2020 to better reflect the communities it serves.