BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the 5000 block of Samish Way on Sunday, January 8th, about 8:25pm. Initial radio reports from the scene were that it was fully involved when firefighters arrived.
According to the PulsePoint EMS dispatch log reporting system, 5 fire engines from multiple districts including South Whatcom Fire Authority (SWFA) responded to the fire. 4 tenders, including 1 from Ferndale, were brought in to supply water to the firefighting effort.
Due to the large number of apparatuses responding, Samish Way was temporarily closed to traffic in both directions.
SWFA Station 28 is located next door and the structure on fire was at the end of an extended driveway off Samish Way.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office.
SWFA Chief Mitch Nolze told Whatcom News the Bellingham Fire Department (BFD) was initially dispatched to reports of an outside fire along I-5. At the same time, firefighters in Station 28 looked outside and observed a glow nearby, investigated and advised dispatch of the structure fire.
Nolze said they quickly were onscene and found a double-wide modular residence fully involved.
Given the lack of fire hydrants in the area, SWFA was assisted by tenders provided by BFD, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, Whatcom County Fire Districts 18 and 7 and Skagit County Alger Fire District.
The fire was knocked down about 10pm and the road remained closed until about 12am. Firefighters remained on scene until about 3:30am.
There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters and the Whatcom County Humane Society took a dog and some cats that were found uninjured on the property.
An occupant of the property remained unaccounted for, and it was not known whether they were onsite at the time of the fire.