Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews respond to structure fire on North 6th Street in St. Helens

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to a house fire on North 6th Street in St. Helens on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The fire displaced four people who were renting the home.UPDATED: Four people were displaced by a house fire on North 6th Street in St. Helens on Wednesday morning, Feb. 21.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to the 100 block of North 6th Street at 7:47 a.m. Wednesday after multiple people reported smoke and flames coming from the second floor of the home.

When crews arrived, everyone in the home had already evacuated. Firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the windows and fire coming from the eaves. CRFR firefighters had difficulty responding quickly due to snowy and icy road conditions coupled with a high call volume in the morning, a press release from the district states.

Firefighters used hoses to reach the second floor to extinguish the blaze and spent nearly one hour on scene controlling the fire.

Scappoose Fire District, Columbia River People's Utility District and the St. Helens Police Department assisted at the scene.

The house was deemed uninhabitable due to fire, smoke and water damage. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. Damage estimates are $70,000.

The home's four residents were renters and have been provided a place to stay with family and friends who live in the area, the release added. The house was equipped with working smoke

detectors that alerted residents to the

fire and allowed them to exit the home safely.

The American Red Cross offered assisstance to the four people and seven pets affected by the fire.

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