Fire destroys two-story home in Blaine early Sunday morning

Published on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Fire engulfs a home near the intersection of B and 6th Street in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 20. Photo courtesy of North Whatcom Fire and Rescue.



Fire ripped through a two-story home just northeast of the Blaine downtown area early Sunday morning, sending one resident to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The fire started around 2 a.m. the morning of November 20, near the intersection of B and 6th Street, said John Swobody, assistant fire chief with North Whatcom Fire and Rescue. He said fire crews arrived within minutes of getting the call and found the home’s second story engulfed in flames.

Five engine companies, including one from Ferndale, attended the fire and were able to extinguish the fire within a half hour, Swobody said. Fire crews stayed at the scene until about 8 a.m. performing salvage work and making sure the fire did not reignite.

The son alerted his parents after waking up to smoke in his room. The father was taken to the hospital after receiving burns while escaping the fire.

The fire caused approximately $220,000 worth of damage to the house, which sustained damage to all floors but the basement. The Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross were also on the scene after the fire was extinguished and provided the family with clothing, shoes and food.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of Monday, November 21, and is being investigated. No other injuries were reported.