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Woman, child burned in Vernonia house fire

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A woman and child are being treated at the hospital after being burned during a house fire Friday.

According to initial reports, the fire started in a garage and spread to a house on the 900 block of E. Bridge Street.

Firefighters were called around 2:48 p.m.

A 64-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy were able to get out of the buildings, but not before they were burned. Paramedics took both to the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel in Portland.

The woman and boy both have burns over at least 30 percent of their bodies, according to Vernonia Fire Chief Dean Smith.

The house, garage and shop were all destroyed.

One neighbor, Lisa Hood, described hearing "firecracker" noises as the buildings burned.

"It sounded [like] popping. Maybe there was some ammo," she said.

Another said he heard what he believed to be a propane tank explode.

"I heard a boom," said Scott Lamping, who lives down the street from the house that burned. "I came outside. I heard  people screaming and hollering. The flames were halfway up them trees."

The cause of the fire is unknown. Smith said it will likely be Monday before that information is released.

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