Fire investigators say they have recovered a dead body from the rubble of a house that caught fire in Ridgefield early Wednesday morning.
Earlier in the day, firefighters said a 23-year-old woman was reported missing after the fire.
A medical examiner was called to the scene to identify the body.Clark County Fire & Rescue, along with the Vancouver Fire Department and Cowlitz County Fire Department #1, responded to the fire in the 29300 block of Northwest 41st Avenue, at around 3:50 a.m.
When crews arrived on the scene, they found fully-involved fire in a two-story home. Crews found a man on the ground suffering from a leg injury after jumping from the second story. Another man staying at the home was able to escape without injury.
FOX 12 spoke with a neighbor who was one of the first to see it and alert others to get out of their homes.
The woman we spoke with said the community is in mourning knowing someone died in this fire.
Helen Krebser lives two houses away. She said she got a call about 4 a.m. on Wednesday about the fire and jumped into action alerting neighbors.
"The whole thing was completely engulfed," she said.
Clark County fire and rescue said there were three people inside this home when the fire broke out.
Two men, 24 and 19, jumped from the second story window.
The 24-year-old suffered a leg injury and 19-year-old was uninjured.
Fire officials said crews learned that a woman had gone back into the home to look for a dog.
Crews entered the second floor via ladder and searched the two bedrooms and landing for the woman, but the fire was too intense and they had to retreat. They were unable to locate the woman.
No fire hydrants were in the area, so crews brought in water tenders to fight the blaze.
Officials said the fire is out and crews will go back in to look for the woman once the scene is secure.
Crews were able to rescue a dog from the second floor. Another dog escaped and a third dog is unaccounted for.
Officials want to stress that people should never go back for pets during a fire.
An investigator from the Clack County Fire Marshal's Office has responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire.
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