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Scene of a residential fire in Deming (August 15, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News

UPDATED: Fully involved structure fire reported in Deming

DEMING, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to a report of a residential fire in the 4100 block of Valley Highway (SR9) in Deming today, August 15th, about 5:10pm.

Crews from Whatcom County Fire District 16 responded and reported arriving to find a fully involved single-story wood frame building.

WCFD16 Fire Chief Hank Maleng told Whatcom News no one appeared to be in the residence at the time of the fire and no one was displaced by the fire. There were no injuries to firefighters battling the blaze.

Scene of a residential fire in Deming (August 15, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News
Scene of a residential fire in Deming (August 15, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News

Maleng said they had to deal with ground fires taking off from the structure due to the dry conditions.

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The structure was considered a total loss and a neighboring residence suffered melted vinyl siding on the side facing the fire but no structural damage.

Damage to siding on an adjacent house near a residential fire in Deming (August 15, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News
Damaged siding on a house adjacent to a residential fire in Deming (August 15, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News

Washington State Department of Transportation reported at 5:40pm that both northbound & southbound lanes of Valley Highway were blocked at Potter Road due to the incident. The road remained blocked until about 7:30pm when traffic was being alternated through 1 open lane. Both lanes were opened by 8:30pm.

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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