Coal Creek fire destroys house, kills dog Friday | Local
A fire in the Coal Creek area destroyed a house and killed a dog on Friday morning, but the owners and another dog were able to escape thanks to fire alarms and the barking of their pets.
“Working smoke detectors and very alert dogs are a hallmark of lives saved,” said a press release from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue.
According to the press release, fire crews were called in to a fire in the Coal Creek area just before 7 a.m. after several neighbors reported seeing flames and residents reported their home was in fire.
The first fire crews arrived within 10 minutes and found the house was already involved in 30 to 45 percent of the flames and thick smoke, according to the press release. Crews attacked the blaze with hoses and large main streams of water, reversing the initial blaze.
However, crews spent several hours putting out the many small fires in the spaces inside the house. Part of Coal Creek Road had to be closed for several hours for fire fighting equipment. Crews were on site until around 2:30 p.m., but planned to return throughout the evening to ensure the blaze remains extinguished, the press release said.
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The owners said they were alerted by their dogs and smoke detectors, and were able to escape unharmed with only the clothes they were wearing and a dog.
Teams from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, Longview Fire Department, Cowlitz County District 6, County Roads Department, Cowlitz PUD, American Red Cross and Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office responded, and “a great welcome is given to the neighbors who launched to provide blankets, drinks and assistance to residents and firefighters during the incident. “