Firefighters with Lewis County Fire District 2 respond to a bully-involved outbuilding on the 100 block of Hopp Rd. N. July 2. Heat from the fire was so intense the siding from a nearby residence was warped and damaged. (Photo submitted by District 2.)
High temperatures are believed to have caused a five-alarm fire in a storage building near Toledo July 2, according to local officials.
Aid was called around 8:45 p.m. to the 100 block of Hopp Rd. N., east of Toledo, where responders found an outbuilding fully involved in flames and threatening other buildings nearby.
While attacking the fire, teams from fire districts in Winlock, Vader, Ryderwood, Toutle and Castle Rock responded as well, though the teams from Cowlitz County were called off before their arrival.
While the fire did not spread to the nearby structures, the vinyl siding on one residence was severely damaged and warped by the heat. Firefighters were on scene until around 11 p.m.
A report from the fire investigator indicated the likely cause was radiant heat from the sun magnified by a reflective surface within the structure, noting temperatures had risen to the 90s that day, though a definitive cause has not been identified.