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Ferndale Police, passerby pull occupant from vehicle fire

Scene of a car fire in Ferndale (September 18, 2023). Photo: Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the parking lot of a retail business in the 1900 block of Main Street about 3:40pm yesterday, Monday, September 18th, due to a report of a vehicle fire with an unconscious person nearby.

Officials with the City of Ferndale said today, Tuesday, September 19th, that a Ferndale Police officer came upon the vehicle on fire and located an unresponsive male inside of the vehicle.

The officer immediately took action and pulled the male from the vehicle while flames and heavy smoke were visible from the engine compartment. With the help of a nearby citizen, the officer was able to drag the male to safety. City of Ferndale (September 19, 2023)

Whatcom County Fire District 7 personnel also responded and treated the man at the scene before transporting him to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center for further treatment.

The vehicle appeared to have collided with a concrete base of a light pole.

City officials said the incident is under investigation and the Ferndale Police Department is working with the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office to determine the cause of the fire.

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