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Monday, April 09, 2007
BY JOSE PAUL CORONA Columbian staff writer

Firefighters contain blaze in grain silos

Two fires kept Vancouver firefighters busy Sunday morning.

The first blaze broke out at the Lacamas Valley Milling Co., 18110 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., shortly before 9:30 a.m. On Saturday, there was a small fire at the business, which mills grain for animal feed, said Capt. Rick Steele of the Vancouver Fire Department.

A bearing on a piece of machinery got too hot and sparked the blaze, which mill employees managed to put out. It smoldered overnight and was re-ignited Sunday, Steele said.

When firefighters arrived at the mill on Sunday there was a lot of smoke, but not a lot of visible flames, he said.

The fire was contained to silos holding grain, he added.

A different blaze broke out at 10:36 a.m.
Firefighters were dispatched to a single story home at 7321 N.E. 128th Ave. and found the garage on fire, said Jim Flaherty, firefighter-spokesman for the Vancouver Fire Department. Heavy black smoke was coming out of the garage and attic vents, Flaherty said.

Alert neighbors saw smoke as they were sitting down to eat breakfast. They went over to the house and pounded on the door, but didn’t get a response despite the fact that the garage door was open slightly.

They grabbed some garden hoses and dialed 911, he said.

That quick action helped contain the fire to the garage. An electrical short in the garage door opener appears to have sparked the blaze, Flaherty said.

Some CB radios that were in the garage were destroyed, but a damage estimate was not available Sunday. The fire marshal was investigating the fire, Flaherty said.

No one was injured during the blaze. The homeowners were in Seattle at the time, Flaherty added.

Authorities look for missing man

The family of a Vancouver man is asking for the public’s help in finding him.

Khoi Dang Vu, 25, was last seen at his home on Northeast 92nd Street in Orchards around 1 a.m. Saturday, said his brother-in-law, Josh Dylka, 28.

Vu is mentally disabled and deaf. He can communicate by using American Sign Language, but he has the mentality of a 10-year-old, Dylka said.

Vu has brown eyes, black hair, is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 108 pounds.

Anyone with information about Vu should call 911.

Jose Paul Corona can be reached at 360-759-8038 or jose.corona@columbian.com

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