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Early morning fire thought to be arson

Scene of a suspected arson fire at the intersection of Grandview and N Enterprise Roads (February 16, 2020). Photo courtesy of Jeff Kentch.

FERNDALE, Wash. — Property owners at the corner of Grandview Road and N Enterprise Road got an abrupt wakening when a passerby knocked on their door about 1am this morning, February 16th, alerting them that plastic-wrapped silage bales stacked in their side yard were on fire.

According to unconfirmed radio transmissions, a Ferndale Police officer was one of the first on the scene and used his fire extinguisher to minimize property damage and prevent the fire from spreading through the grass to nearby buildings. Whatcom County Fire District 7 firefighters were dispatched to the scene about 1:05am.

The property owner said the stack of about a dozen white bales had been spray-painted to read as a political sign. Family members had restored the sign by morning.

The cost of the bales were estimated at $45 each. The family is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist(s).


  1. Marilyn Rasmussen February 16, 2020

    So, when somebody shot a few rounds into a Sitpal Saduh campaign sign it was deemed a hate crime. Will this arson be considered a hate crime? I know of no people who are more hate filled than the anti – Trumpers.

  2. Aamber Wasisco February 16, 2020

    Clearly no freedom of speech allowed in this county. What is heartbreaking is we live near here and my husband said that those bales wouldn’t last long, I told him people aren’t that terrible and as usually I was let down

  3. Teanna February 16, 2020

    This is horrible that someone could do this, I am so sorry to the owners and thankful that nothing else was damaged or antone hurt. I hope they catch whoever did this.

  4. Andrew Gustafson February 16, 2020

    2nd order effects:
    These arsonists took an entire fire crew out of their station in the middle of the night to deal with this,
    making them unavailable to respond to another call.

    They endangered lives in this community by taking that truck out of rotation,
    they cost the taxpayers money to roll that truck to the fire,
    all that in addition to the real dollar damages they did to this property owner.

    All because they did not respect the free speech and property rights of the property owner.

    There are those who equate speech with violence,
    those who think that if they come across speech that offends them,
    they consider it appropriate to respond to that speech not with more speech,
    but instead with violence.

    The response to speech you do not agree with must always be more speech,
    never violence.

  5. Jeff Markowicz February 16, 2020

    Quick response! Good thing there’s a Whatcom County fire station at that same intersection!
    It’s extremely dismaying, that certain individuals can’t contain their feelings of anguish with the presentation of ideals, values, and/or opinions they disagree with! 😕

  6. Jeff Markowicz February 17, 2020

    ”Terrorist Act” (noun) –
    the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.

  7. Nate McKinley February 17, 2020

    Let’s chip in and help them build a bigger one, I’ve got a trail cam to leave there too👍🇺🇸

  8. Tara Weber February 17, 2020

    It appears to be a horrible and hateful act. So proud of our Ferndale community for speaking up against it! I hope they find whoever did this and charge them to the fullest extent of the law!

  9. Michael B. Smith February 18, 2020

    during the Obama era we did not think of intimidating or being violent towards those that put Obama in office – now I will not put a Trump/Pence sticker on my car even though I am a Trump supporter from the beginning because – I admit it I am intimidated !! But still will vote for Trump 100% –

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