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Two homes burn following holiday

Damaged estimated at $80,000

At 3 a.m. on Dec. 26, Columbia River Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a house on fire at 2005 Second St. in Columbia City. Upon arrival, crews saw smoke showing from the single-family residence. The occupants had evacuated prior to the crews' arrival. Firefighters found the fire, by using a heat detector, in the crawl space under the floor of the one-story home. They then used a piercing nozzle to control the fire before it spread any further.

According to Fire Marshall Bill Goodwin, the cause of the fire is electrical.

Damage to the home was estimated at $70,000, and to the contents at $5,000.The home is insured. The homeowners did have a working smoke detector in the home.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue responded with two engines, one rescue unit, one ambulance, and two command vehicles. Personnel were on scene for about five hours.

The home is owned by Joe and Tesa Thorp.

St. Helens blaze

At 6:20 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, Columbia River Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a house on fire at 114 Little St. in St. Helens. All occupants had already made it outside by the time the first unit arrived.

Firefighters donned self-contained breathing apparatus, and did an interior fire attack with hand lines. The fire was in the bathroom area, but other areas sustained smoke and heat damage.

Two people were evaluated for smoke inhalation, but refused transport to a hospital.

Damage estimates to the home are $10,000 and damage to the contents is estimated at $7,500.

The home is owned by Wolf and Olga Sanderson of St. Helens, and leased by Gordon and Kayla Davis. The homeowners have insurance on the structure; however, the renters do not have renters insurance.