Residents report ‘explosions’ in Vancouver neighborhood

Clark County

The reported explosions were likely caused by propane tanks near the fire

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office had a road blocked off in a north Vancouver neighborhood as firefighters responded to a reported fire Saturday night.

Multiple engines were called out to an incident on Northeast Leaper Road.

A neighbor who lives nearby told KOIN 6 News that he heard and saw explosions.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office called the area “unsafe” at the time and did not permit media crews to go past the road block Saturday evening. The fire marshal was investigating.

Lynn Bolte said that the explosions started around 8:20 p.m. and that the first explosion looked like fireworks going off. Then, about 20 minutes later, there were a few more.

On Sunday, Clark County Fire and Rescue confirmed that a small workshop on private property caught fire and burned down before reaching the fire wall. The explosions neighbors reported hearing were likely caused by propane tanks stored nearby.

No injuries were reported from the fire, according to Clark County Fire, and the incident is still under investigation.

A cause for the fire has not been declared.

KOIN 6 News is still gathering information on this story and will publish updates as they come.

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