Total loss of body shop in Vancouver fire; smoke visible for miles

VANCOUVER Wash. (KPTV) – An auto body shop caught fire Thursday in northeast Vancouver and the clouds could be seen from downtown Portland.

A neighbor close to the fire told FOX 12 that shortly after the fire started, she felt her trailer start to shake. Unfortunately, the body shop is now a total loss.

The Vancouver Fire Department said the fire on northeast 80th Avenue started shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday. The fire department said the fire was also burning trees on the property and as crews got to work, they say they encountered obstacles such as downed power lines and several cars in their path.

Due to the size of the fire, it also spread to a house on the property, but firefighters were able to put out the fire, saving part of the house.

Mike Baldwin lives on the same road where the fire happened and says he called 9-11 right away.

“It looked like gunfire, but then I saw the flames and realized what it was,” Baldwin said. “Canisters, propane tanks and things that explode. I was really surprised to see so much smoke coming out of such a small building.

The Vancouver Fire Department says no one was hurt, but a Vancouver firefighter was taken to hospital for assessment.

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