LYNDEN, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the 800 block of S Park Court in Lynden about 3:10am, Friday, April 15th, due to a report of a residential structure fire.
Initial reports from the scene by firefighters was that the garage was fully involved, and the fire appeared limited to the garage.
Later reports from the scene were that the fire had spread to the roof of the residence. Additional fire engines were requested.
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Jason Van der Veen said this was an “incredibly stubborn fire” with a total of 5 engines responding. “They all worked until they were exhausted.”
The sole occupant was outside and uninjured when firefighters arrived.
The fire, currently under investigation by the Lynden Fire Department, began in the garage and then got into spaces above the garage. The garage served as a workshop and was used to store wood.
There was a back storage room that firefighters were challenged to safely access since the roof had begun collapsing.
Van der Veen said they were able to limit fire damage to the garage, but smoke damage extended to rest of the residence. There were no firefighter injuries reported.
The occupant was displaced by the fire and is being assisted by friends and family.