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Fire displaces 5 and damages 2 Maple Falls residences

MAPLE FALLS, Wash. — Firefighters were dispatched to the 7900 block of Apache Drive in Maple Falls about 11:50pm on Thursday, September 15th, due to reports of a residential structure fire.

Approximate location of the fire

Whatcom County Fire District 14 Fire Chief Jerry DeBruin told Whatcom News the first firefighters arrived 4 minutes after being dispatched to find a mobile home, shed, covered deck, travel trailer and a fence fully involved along with the side of a wood frame house.

Firefighters got water on the fire right away, knocking down the visible fire. They then turned their attention to the fire that had gotten into the attic of the house. Fighting the attic fire required pulling down ceilings and left the house with significant water damage.

DeBruin said firefighters remained on scene until about 2:30am.

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There were no occupants in the mobile home at the time of the fire and the 2 occupants in the house got out after being alerted by a neighbor banging on their door. No injuries to occupants or firefighters were reported.

DeBruin said the American Red Cross Northwest Region was contacted to provide assistance and support to the displaced as needed.

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

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