FERNDALE, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the 3400 block of Bay Road due to a report of a residential structure fire about 8pm, Wednesday, April 20th.
Personnel from Whatcom County Fire Districts 1, 7 and 17, the Bellingham Fire Department and North Whatcom Fire & Rescue responded to the fire.
According to Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Ben Boyko, firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke coming from a bedroom window of the single story manufactured home. Boyko credited the occupant for closing the bedroom’s door to the rest of the residence when escaping the fire. “This kept the fire contained to the one room instead allowing it to spread to the rest of the structure,” Boyko told Whatcom News.
The occupant told firefighters there was a dog still inside the bedroom. A search located the dog as it growled at firefighters from behind a sofa. 3 of 4 dogs in the residence were accounted for and the 4th was thought to have run off according to Boyko.
There were no injuries to the occupant or firefighters, but the occupant was displaced by the fire. They were being taken care of by friends and family.
The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.