Fire rips through Birch Bay RV, manufactured home

Published on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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The August 4 fire in Birch Bay eats away at an RV. Photo by Kelvin Barton.

Fire crews responded to a fire that had heavily damaged an RV and nearby manufactured home in Birch Bay late last week.

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) and Fire District 7 firefighters, 25 in all, responded to the fire in the 7400 block of Sunset Road at about 5 p.m. Thursday, August 4. Crews were initially called to an RV fire at the address but were alerted en route that the fire had spread to a manufactured home that was about 10 feet away, NWFR assistant chief John Swobody said.

No injuries were reported, Swobody said. Crews had the fire under control in about 15 minutes but stayed on scene until about 8 p.m. to make sure no other nearby homes were in danger, he added.

According to witnesses, the fire started when the owner of the RV attempted to start the vehicle’s engine with an accelerant. The fire spread from the RV’s engine compartment to the camper portion and eventually to the nearby home.

The fire caused an estimated $65,000 in damage to the RV and home. Smoke from the fire could be seen throughout the Blaine and Birch Bay area.

See a slideshow of photos of the fire.