Fire damages triplex in Puget neighborhood of Bellingham

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 21, 2013 

A Puget neighborhood triplex suffered heavy damage in a fire early Sunday, July 21.

No injuries were reported in the fire that displaced residents of all three units, Bellingham Fire officials said.

A family of five escaped safely from their unit. No one was home in the other two units, including the one that suffered the most damage, said Assistant Fire Chief Bill Hewett.

Firefighters were summoned at 3:50 a.m. Sunday to a two-story triplex in the 800 block of Blueberry Lane near Consolidation Avenue, where they encountered heavy flames and smoke pouring from the front and back windows of the center unit in the townhouse-style complex, Hewett said.

"They knocked the fire down from the outside and then went in," to attack the flames, Hewett said.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control within 30 minutes, Hewett said. They remained for several hours - tearing apart drywall to expose framing inside walls, floors and ceilings to make sure the fire was out.

Some 20 firefighters worked at the incident, including the crews of four engine companies and a ladder truck company, a medic unit, two chiefs and an EMS supervisor, Hewett said.

No damage estimate was available, but flames significantly damaged one unit and the other two units suffered smoke and water damage. An investigation into the cause of the fire was continuing.

The Mount Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting at least six residents who were displaced by the fire, Hewett said.

Reach Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com.

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