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Vance Terrace Apartment Fire Displaces 18 Families

Story by Oregon Herald Staff
Published on November 24, 2021 4:33 AM
On Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12:24pm crews were dispatched to the Vance Terrace Apartments on West C Street in Rainier. There were two apartment units that suffered heavy fire damage and multiple apartment units that had heavy smoke and water damage. There were a total of eighteen apartment units that were evacuated which ultimately displaced all the families in each of the eighteen units. Firefighters managed to control the fire within 40 minutes of arriving on scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by our Fire Marshal and our local Columbia County Fire Investigation Team. Fortunately, no serious injuries occurred, medics evaluated one patient with smoke inhalation and another patient who suffered from minor burns, neither patient required hospital transport by our paramedics. Firefighters found a deceased dog in one of the units and a cat that is unaccounted for. The residents did a great job of evacuating and doing their due diligence to stay safe following this devastating event.

Crews remained on scene for several hours mopping up and monitoring any additional fire spread. We were assisted by Clatskanie Fire, Longview Fire, Rainier Police Department and Clatskanie PUD. The Columbia County Fire Investigation Team was also on scene, their support and assistance in mitigating the fire was crucial. Red Cross provided the displaced residents assistance as well.

Columbia River Fire & Rescue would like to stress that working smoke alarms give you an early warning so you can get outside quickly. A closed door may also slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Smoke alarms save lives and smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. For more information on fire safety contact Columbia River Fire & Rescue.