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1 dead after fire destroys house on Bennett Drive in Bellingham

Scene of a residential fire in the 3200 block of Bennett Drive in Bellingham (December 29, 2021). Photo: Heidi Ehlers

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the 3200 block of Bennett Drive yesterday, December 29th, about 5pm due to a report of residential structure fire.

Approximate location of the fire

Initial reports from the scene were that the residence was fully involved when the first units arrived.

Bellingham Fire Department (BFD) Public Information Officer Dustin Michaelis told Whatcom News a neighbor reported the fire. After firefighters extinguished the fire, they found a deceased person inside.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.


  1. Douglas Hamilton December 30, 2021

    This sucks…this article is a bit weird, though…the unit was ‘involved’, but not engulfed? There was a deceased person at the residence but no injuries were reported?

    • Joe Busch December 30, 2021

      Fully involved means fire in every part of the home whereas engulfed would mean the entire structure is fully ablaze… engulfed is one step worse than fully involved.. and there was a death and no injuries.. death wouldn’t be called an injury..

  2. Kathy Davis December 31, 2021

    Nice explanation of the terms! Very helpful.

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