MAPLE FALLS, Wash. — Firefighters with Whatcom County Fire District 14 (WCFD14) were kept busy this afternoon with back-to-back structure fires.
At about noon today, June 10th, WCFD14 firefighters were dispatched after neighbors reported a residence on fire in the 8500 block of Lilac Lane in Maple Falls. WCFD14 Lieutenant David Moe said they arrived to find a fully involved double wide mobile home and addition.
There were no injuries to the 4 residents or to firefighters but 3 cats died in the fire, Moe said.
Moe estimated 50% of the residence was severely damaged and 2 adults and 2 children were displaced by the fire. The local American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance.
The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated and determined a heat lamp was the cause of the fire. It was thought the lamp either shorted out or fell over.
While they at still the Lilac Lane fire, WCFD14 firefighters received a dispatch to another nearby structure fire.
About 12:45pm, WCFD14 firefighters responded to a 30-foot travel trailer on fire in the 600 block of Sprague Valley Drive, also reported by neighbors, Moe said. There was no one in the trailer and it appeared to be used for storage since it was full of household items.
Firefighters had to cut through the exterior of the trailer to gain access to what Moe referred to as a “relatively small” fire. The fire was quickly contained once access was made.
The cause of the trailer fire is under investigation by the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office.