Fire burns Nooksack home, displacing family

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 22, 2013 

NOOKSACK - Fire destroyed a Nooksack family's home Sunday evening, July 21.

A 43-year-old woman inside the singlewide mobile home in the 100 block of Nooksack Road, just north of Starvin' Sam's, noticed a burning electrical smell that afternoon but couldn't find the source, said Fire District No. 1 Chief Mel Blankers.

Several hours later, she suddenly saw flames on her porch, near the porch light. She called 911 and ran out to the yard at 6:34 p.m. Her live-in boyfriend, 44, and a young child weren't home at the time.

By the time firefighters showed up, flames had spread throughout the home. It took about 45 minutes and three fire engines to knock down the blaze, and another hour or so to clear the scene, Blankers said.

The home is considered a total loss.

An investigation focused on electrical problems in the home. However, the official cause - and the exact point of origin - remained undetermined Monday, said Fire Marshal Will Anderson. The fire marshal's office estimated the loss at $20,000.

Volunteers with the local chapter of the American Red Cross plan to help the family find permanent housing. In the meantime, the Red Cross covered the bill for the family to stay three nights at a hotel.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Dispatcher blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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