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Fire crews busy over holiday weekend

Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to three structure fires over the holiday weekend. Only one person suffered minor injuries in one of the fires.

On Thursday, Nov. 26, CRFR and Scappoose Fire District responded to a structure fire at 8:04 p.m. Crews arrived at 235 North Eighth St., St. Helens, to find smoke coming from the roof and flames coming from the lower north side of the two-story home. Homeowners Craig and Christine Talent were not home at the time, but neighbors saw the smoke coming from the house and called 911.

Fire Chief Jay Tappan said the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage to the structure of the home was estimated at $60,000 and damage to the contents of the home was estimated to be $40,000. No injuries were reported.

CRFR crews also responded to a structure fire on Friday, Nov. 27, at 2:31 a.m.

Crews responded to a call from 512 West D St., Rainier, where a space heater had been knocked over in a basement. The space heater caused some bedding in the area to catch fire. One person involved in the incident was burned, but was treated at the scene. Three people who lived in the home were dislodged by the damage caused to the basement. Tappan said the family did not request assistance from the American Red Cross, and received help from family they had in Washington.

A third structure fire was also reported at 122 South Eighth St., St. Helens, on Friday at 4:17 p.m. A small wood-burning stove overheated in the garage while being used. Wood was being stored in the garage at the time and hot gases from the stove caused the fire to ignite. Tappan estimated damage to the garage to be $3,000. No injuries were reported.

Crews also responded to two fires involving vehicles, one in the engine compartment of a Dodge Durango on Nov. 24, and one in the passenger compartment of Nissan Xterra on Nov. 27. No injuries were reported.