Firefighters rescue Camas man, dogs from Valentine’s Day fire

Condition of 70-year-old man, who suffered smoke inhalation and went to hospital for treatment, is unknown at this time

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Camas-Washougal firefighters rescued a 70-year-old Camas man and his two dogs from a small house fire earlier this week.

When Camas-Washougal Fire Department (CWFD) crews arrived at the home off Northwest 27th Avenue in Camas around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, they discovered smoke coming out of the front door and heard someone yelling for help from a garage attached to the house.

“Recognizing they faced an imminent rescue situation, the engine crew called for more assistance while donning their Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA),” states a CWFD press release sent to media this morning.

Firefighters Mark Widlund and Jeff Martizia cut into the garage door and found a disoriented man who was, according to the CWFD report, “nearly incapacitated by the smoke.” The firefighters rescued the man and his two dogs. Emergency crews transported the man to an area hospital, where he was treated for possible burns and smoke inhalation. His current condition is unknown.

Units from the Vancouver Fire Department and East County Fire and Rescue assisted CWFD. Investigators believe that the fire started in the kitchen and then “quickly spread to the surrounding wall and ceiling,” according the the CWFD report. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames quickly, but said there was “extensive smoke damage to the entire structure.”  No damage estimate is known at this time.