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Late night fire in bushes damages 2 Ferndale residences

Scene of bushes on fire in Ferndale (September 8, 2022). Photo courtesy of Sean Park

FERNDALE, Wash. — Firefighters were dispatched to the 5800 block of Hawthorne Place in Ferndale about 11pm, Thursday, September 8th, due to reports of a structure fire with visible flames.

Approximate location of the fire

Firefighters arrived to find a line of bushes on fire between 2 residences.

The fire damaged exterior siding on both residences along with the exterior of a parked car. There were no reported injuries.

Whatcom County Fire District 7 Fire Chief Larry Hoffman told Whatcom News that a fire investigator determined a propane torch was used to burn weeds on a gravel strip alongside the bushes that afternoon. Although the resident had soaked the area with water afterwards, there was enough heat remaining to ignite the bushes.

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Scene the next day after bushes caught fire in Ferndale (September 9, 2022). Photo: Whatcom News
The scene the day after bushes caught fire in Ferndale (September 9, 2022). Photo: Whatcom News

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