Fire marshal: Cause of fire that destroyed Blaine trailer 'suspicious'

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 1, 2013 

BLAINE - A suspicious fire destroyed a trailer in the 8600 block of Blaine Road early Thursday, Oct. 31, according to a Whatcom County fire inspector.

At 2:43 a.m. firefighters from North Whatcom Fire and Rescue responded to Blaine Road, where a mobile home was in flames, said John Swobody, division chief.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put out the fire. Washington State Department of Transportation crews closed the road in that area for about 21/2 hours, Swobody said.

Two people displaced by the fire, a man and woman, were not injured, Swobody said.

Fire Inspector Mitch Nolze said the cause of the fire was "definitely suspicious." Investigators will follow several leads and work with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, Nolze said. He would not comment on what was suspicious about the fire.

The trailer was so badly burned that Swobody said he could not tell what year it was made to give a value to the damage.

The Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross provided the man and woman with a hotel for three nights, personal hygiene items, financial assistance for food and clothing and recovery information, according to a Red Cross release.

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

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