Smokers carelessness led to a fast moving fire on Friday, Sept. 9, that heavily damaged a house, a shed and two cars in Rainier, according to Columbia River Fire & Rescue investigators.

Responding to the report of a house fire, CRFR firefighters rushed to 312 B E 2nd Street in Rainier late Friday afternoon, Sept. 9.

"When we arrived we saw flames on the back of the house," Columbia River Fire & Rescue Chief Michal Greisen said. "The fire had started on a vehicle, spread to a shed and then to the house."

Greisen said one of the home occupants attempted to put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher.

"That resident said there were explosions and the fire spread through the shed to the house," Greisen said. "All the occupants were able to get out of the burning house without injury."

Smoke from the fire could be seen from several blocks. Rainier Police Department closed off sections of the street at the house to allow fire crews to bring in water hoses to battle the blaze.

The blaze also damaged a second vehicle stored in a portable shed near the house. The estimate of total damages is still pending following completion of the fire investigation.

Dawndi McQuiddy and Cody Mann contributed to this story.

Previous Chief coverage update Sept. 10:

WATCH / Rainier house fire

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Columbia River Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire responded to reports of a house fire at 312 B E 2nd Street in Rainier late Friday afternoon, Sept. 9.

"When we arrived we saw flames on the back of the house," Columbia River Fire & Rescue Chief Michal Greisen said. "The fire had started on a vehicle, spread to a shed and then to the house."

Rainier Police Department closed off sections of the street at the house to allow fire crews to bring in water hoses to battle the blaze.

The cause of the fire and amount of damage remained under investigation Friday evening. There were no reports of anyone being hurt.

Dawndi McQuiddy and Cody Mann contributed to this story.

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