Heat and flames caused minor damage to neighboring homes while crews battled the fire

PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE GRAHAM - Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Little Street on Saturday, Oct. 7. The two-story home involved in the fire was declared a total loss.A St. Helens resident was displaced Saturday, Oct. 7, when the resident's two-story home was destroyed in a fire, which also caused minor damage to nearby neighboring residences.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue responded to the 100 block of Little Street at 10:19 a.m. Saturday morning, and found the two-story home fully involved in flames on arrival.

Due to the intensity of the fire and weakening of the building, fire crews were unable to enter the home to fight the blaze from an offensive position, and had to fight the fire from a defensive position outside of the structure, according to a release from CRFR.

The resident of the home was at work at the time of the fire. No injuries were reportedthe release added. A total of four fire engines, one rescue unit, one medic, one utility unit, two chief officers and 18 firefighters from CRFR responded to the fire.

The home was declared a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Neighboring homes suffered minor damage from the blaze, including damage to windows, melted vinyl siding, burned fences and water damage from firefighting efforts.

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

Nearly 12 hours later, fire crews were called back to the home where a fire had rekindled. At 10:24 p.m. crews were dispatched to the home and found flames coming from the roof of the building. Crews spent two hours on scene extinguishing the secondary fire.

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