Fire burns mobile home north of Kendall

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 21, 2014 

KENDALL - A recently vacated mobile home in the Peaceful Valley/Paradise area burned in a suspicious fire late Monday, Jan. 20, according to fire authorities.

Neighbors reported the home aflame at 9:25 p.m., said Fire District 14 Chief Jerry DeBruin. Firefighters kept it from spreading to neighboring homes but couldn't salvage much of the trailer at 6253 Laurel Place. Flames seared a fence and tree braches nearby.

The mobile home had a new roof and other additions that made it basically fixed in place. A former tenant, who moved out about two weeks ago, still had belongings inside. The total loss could be more than $30,000, DeBruin said.

The fire chief did not know the cause of the fire Tuesday. But it's suspicious, he said. Electricity to the home had been shut off, and neighbors said they didn't hear an explosion.

"It seems a little odd," DeBruin said.

A reporter's phone call to the Whatcom County fire investigator on the case wasn't returned by Tuesday evening.

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