Teen wakes family to escape Vanc. house fire

Teen wakes family to escape Vanc. house fire

Credit: Officer Jeff Miller, Vancouver Police Department

Teen wakes family to escape Vanc. house fire

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on April 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 21 at 5:18 PM

VANCOUVER -- A teenage girl woke her family members and alerted them to a Vancouver house fire just in time to get out safely Saturday, firefighters said.

Crews were called to the home in the 7900 block of NE 28th Street at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Joe Spatz of the Vancouver Fire Department.

Responding firefighters found smoke coming out of the front and back of the house, with fire shooting from the rear. They could see the inside of the home was fully engulfed in flames.

The four people and their two dogs had escaped without injuries.

"Once the high volume of fire and smoke diminished, firefighters went inside to mop up hot spots and finish putting out the fire that had spread to the attic," Spatz said.

The garage and its contents were saved, a damage estimate was not available for the house. Investigators had not determined the cause of the fire.

The Red Cross was on scene to help the family.

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