Lewis County Watch

Lewis County Fire District 15 within a week responded to two vehicle fires that then went on to threaten — and in one case, destroy — nearby property.

At 6:46 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters went to the 1400 block of King Road in Winlock on report of a burning lean-to building. Kevin Anderson with the fire district said the building and all of its contents were a total loss.

The fire was threateningly close to a full-sized shop that contained a business, said Anderson, but it was halted before it reached the area.

Preliminary investigation revealed the fire was started by a pickup truck that caught fire as it was sitting in the structure.

At 4:17 p.m. Sunday, District 15 crews were dispatched to the 2700 block of Highway 603 where a vehicle caught fire, and was threatening to spread to a nearby residence. Crews were able to extinguish the fire before it caused any serious damage to the house, Anderson said.

At roughly the same time, a vehicle fire was reported near exit 60 on Interstate 5, but the call ended up falling to nearby Lewis County Fire District 2.

Anderson said crews were also dispatched to a small brush fire in the 400 block of Roe Road, where a homeowner accidentally started a fire while burning weeds. Anderson noted that conditions are still not favorable for such controlled burns, and burning restrictions remain in place.

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