St. Helens home damaged in fire

ST. HELENS — A two-story home on Fourth Street sustained heavy damage after a fire broke out on the back porch of the residence on Aug. 8.

Fire crews from Columbia River Fire & Rescue responded to 297 N. Fourth Street after receiving a report of a structure fire. Crews arrived to find the older two-story residence with heavy flames rising from the back of the home.

Crews went to work fighting the fire and were able to confine it to the building of origin. The fire was declared under control at 9:02 p.m., but fire personnel worked for another two hours to ensure all the hot spots were extinguished.

According to Fire Chief Jay Tappan, most of the structural damage was on the west side of the home, but much of that wall had to be torn out to ensure all the areas of fire were extinguished. Tappan said there was considerable smoke damage to the interior of the home as well. 

The occupants were at home when the fire broke out and all escaped unharmed. They are listed as Diana Romero, David Hendrickson, and Romero’s four-year-old daughter. Fire officials said residents stated that a cloth covered, stuffed chair on the back porch was first observed to be on fire. The cause is under investigation. 

The owners of the home are Diana’s parents, Alvin and Tina Hash, of St. Helens. 

CRF&R responded with five fire engines, a rescue unit, and several support vehicles. Scappoose Fire sent a duty officer to assist as well. A total of 20 fire personnel were on scene with no reported injuries.

No damage estimates are known at this time and the home was insured.

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