Video from kupar2095 of a house fire Tuesday afternoon in Camas, Washington’s Summit Oaks subdivision.
The fire was reported at 12:40 p.m. Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart said arriving firefighters used a defensive attack on the blaze — instead of trying to enter the burning house, they used hoses to spray water from the outside.
“We just dump a lot of water on it until we can get it out,” he said. “This fire just got too much of a head start on us.”
Using several hoses and a water cannon, firefighters sprayed the sides of the house, using a shield of water to protect neighboring residences. Houses next door stand about 10 feet away from the flame-engulfed residence.
“Sometimes it’s a helpless feeling for us too, but it’s all we can do,” Swinhart said.
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