Bellingham Police rescue man from burning home

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 1, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - Police officers rescued a man from his home early Friday, Nov. 1, after they responded to a 911 call that had been cut off and saw smoke coming from the house where the call originated, according to a Bellingham Fire Department release.

At 3:57 a.m. What-Comm 9-1-1 dispatch got a call reporting a problem, but the call disconnected before dispatchers determined what type of problem it was. The center determined the call came from 2047 Ponderosa Court and sent Bellingham Police officers to check it out.

When officers arrived, they saw smoke coming from the house and requested fire assistance. Looking through windows, they saw a man in the house and went inside to rescue him.

Four fire engines responded, and firefighters quickly knocked down flames in the kitchen area.

Medics treated the man and took him to St. Joseph hospital. During a check of the house, firefighters also found and rescued a dog.

The building is still structurally sound, but the kitchen was destroyed and smoke damaged parts of the interior, said Bellingham Fire Marshal Jason Napier.

Investigators were still determining the cause of the fire Friday morning, Napier said. They expect to complete their investigation by Monday, Nov. 4, after speaking with the man and his two roommates, who were not home at the time of the fire, Napier said.

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at 360-756-2803 or samantha.wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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