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Fire damages Woodland auto body shop

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About 50 firefighters from four different agencies responded to a two-alarm fire that extensively damaged an auto body shop in Woodland early Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported at 3:36 a.m. along Old Pacific Highway. With flames threatening to spread to other buildings, officials from Clark County Fire & Rescue called the Vancouver Fire Department, Clark County Fire District 6 and Cowlitz County Fire District 1 to help fight the fire, said spokesman Tim Dawdy.

The auto repair portion of the building, which included burning automobiles, solvents, paints and other flammable materials, was fully involved, Dawdy said. Firefighters were able to save the office part of the building, he added.

The repair shop, the name of which was not immediately available, is in a tightly packed area of commercial and residential buildings. An adjacent building is a storage area for boats and RVs, Dawdy said.

“When we have a commercial fire with lots of flammable materials, we err on the side of calling in extra response,” Dawdy said. “We were lucky to be able to bring it under control. We didn’t want to take any chances.”

A cause and damage estimate are yet to be determined by the Clark County Fire Marshal, Dawdy said.

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