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Cause of fire still not known at this time; damage estimates of $55,000 officials note

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE AND RESCUE - Columbia River Fire and Rescue firefighters were dispatched to a house fire on Saturday, Feb. 16, just before 6 a.m. The house was determined to be uninhabitable after the blaze, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Three people were displaced from their home in Rainier when a house fire broke out Saturday, Feb. 16.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue was dispatched at 5:52 a.m. Saturday to a home in the 70000 block of Fern Hill Road in Rainier when a fire was reported.

The first fire engine and water tender to arrive on scene from Rainier and Goble fire stations found the single-family home engulfed in flames. Three occupants were able to escape unharmed.

Fourteen firefighters from Rainier, Goble, St. Helens and Clatskanie responded to the scene. Columbia River PUD also responded to shut off power at the site.

Crews were on scene for several hours putting out the fire and managing hot spots.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The house is uninhabitable due to fire damage, which is estimated at $55,000.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross also responded to assist residents after the fire and to help with housing, food and clothing needs.

In total, three chief officers, 14 firefighters, two water tenders, four engines, a rescue unit and a fire

investigation team responded to the fire.

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