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Fire crews respond to structure fire at Greenacres Memorial Park

WCFD Division Chief Ben Boyko and Bellingham Fire Department Battalion Chief Charles Henkel discuss strategy for dealing with a fire in a building at Greenacres Cemetery (July 17, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News

Last updated on March 22, 2021

FERNDALE, Wash. — About 11:30am today, July 17th, more than a dozen fire and aid apparatus were dispatched to a building located in a back corner of the Greenacres Memorial Park at 5700 Northwest Drive due to a report of a commercial structure fire.

According to Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Ben Boyko, it appeared fire had spread outside a natural gas crematory in the building. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire outside the chamber.

Bellingham Fire District and North Whatcom Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to provide mutual aid.

Moles Farewell Tributes & Crematory Owner John Moles said that while the 20-year-old crematory had passed all recent inspections and even received an award from the Northwest Clean Air Agency, it would quickly be replaced.

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Boyko said fire damage was limited to an office area and there was no structural damage to the building

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause.

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