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26 people displaced after fire in Vancouver

Clark County

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — At least 26 people were displaced from their homes after a fire in Vancouver Sunday night.

Vancouver Fire said crews found two homes on fire on E 18th Street near Norris Road when they got there just after 7 p.m. A house and duplex unit next door were on fire.

“This was a difficult fire because there were two structures that were damaged,” spokesperson Joe Hudson said. 

Three alarms were called but firefighters were able to get it under control quickly because the station house was nearby.

No one was hurt and the Red Cross is helping everyone who was displaced.

A family living in one duplex said they ran out with just the clothes on their backs after their daughter alerted everyone to the danger. 

“….if [my dad] was gone and my sister didn’t hear that pop, we could’ve been dead,” 7-year-old Michael Arellano said.

Michael said their dog was scared and he went back to save her.

“My dog kind of got scared. She started screaming,” he said. “We left her inside and so I went to go grab her quick before everyone got out and then I ran out with no shoes, no socks.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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