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Crews respond to early morning house fire in Longview

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A Longview family was able to safely escape a house fire early Thursday morning that investigators believe was caused by a space heater.

Crews from the Longview Fire Department responded to the home in the 300 block of 20th Avenue just after 5:00 a.m., where they saw flames coming out of the front door of the residence.

While firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire on the first floor, they ran into complications fighting flames on the second floor and attic as the stairs suffered significant fire damage.

Longview Fire crews were able to contain the fire in about 20 minutes, with firefighters from the Cowlitz Fire District #2 also responding. Crews worked for over two hours working on final fire cleanups.

After an initial investigation, fire officials believe that a space heater placed too close to combustible material was the source of the fire. Department officials remind everyone that space heaters need to be kept at least 3 inches away from any combustible materials, including clothing or furniture.

The family members living in the home were alerted to the fire by neighbors, and everyone was able to exit the home without injury. There were no working smoke detectors, and the home was deemed not habitable, with the downstairs gutted and considerable structural damage to the upstairs of the house.

The Red Cross responded to help provide aid to the displaced family.

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