- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CAMAS, Wash. (AP) - The Clark County fire marshal’s office says the Oct. 6 fire that caused nearly $1 million damage to small planes and hangars at a private airport in Camas, Washington, was caused by an electrical equipment failure.

Senior Deputy Fire Marshal Susan Anderson said Tuesday that the late-night blaze in a building at Grove Field started in either a power strip or an electrical outlet that the strip was plugged into. Both were mounted on a heavy timber support post.

Anderson says flames spread quickly through 10 of the 20 rented hangars in the 20,000-square-foot building. The other 10 were protected by a firewall near the building’s center. The Columbian reports that eight to 10 small planes were destroyed.

No one was hurt.

The Port of Camas-Washougal operates the airport.

Camas sits across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, and has a population of about 19,000.

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