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Devastating blaze destroys St. Helens home

by: Courtesy photo A LOSS – A fire rips through this St. Helens home at 425 S. 14th St., Friday night. A family of two adults, one child and four pets lived at the house, which was a total loss.

A St. Helens family is without a home after a two-alarm fire tore through their residence on Aug. 19.

The blaze began around 9:30 p.m. on Friday night at 425 S. 14th St. When Columbia River Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the emergency, the fire had already spread throughout the house.

At 9:46 p.m. a second alarm was sounded, bringing extra fire engines and the help of the Scappoose Rural Fire District.

The fire was under control by 10:19 p.m., but the house was a total loss. Firefighters remained on the scene until 12:30 a.m. A total of 25 personnel responded.

There were no injuries reported.

The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing lodging, meals and clothing as needed to the displaced family, as well as their two cats and two dogs.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.