Trapped residents escape Vancouver duplex fire

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No injuries were reported, unclear how fire began

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Trapped residents of a Vancouver duplex jumped to safety when fire swept through both units Friday morning.

The 2-alarm fire at 3611 Olive Street brought about 40 firefighters and 11 rigs to battle the blaze. A burned staircase trapped people in the upstairs unit, said Vancouver Fire Captain Joe Spatz.

“On one of the balconies, a guy dropped his girlfriend down onto a shed below,” Spatz said. “Our officer pulled a ladder of the first engine just as he dropped down. He had a lot of smoke rolling out behind him, probably a lot of heat.”

It took crews nearly an hour to get the blaze completely under control.

In total, eight people and their four pets were displaced by the fire, which damaged four units. No injuries were reported.

Investigators have not yet determined where or how the fire began.

A duplex at 3611 Olive Street in Vancouver caught fire, July 31, 2020 (KOIN)

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