Fire damages one unit in Bellingham apartment complex


BELLINGHAM - Fire damaged an apartment in an eight-unit complex in the Happy Valley neighborhood on Saturday morning, June 21.

Bill Hewett, assistant chief of the Bellingham Fire Department, said firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fire at 1111 23rd St. about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. He said the first-arriving engine company found a mattress ablaze and stretched a hose inside to extinguish it. No one was home in the apartment, but several other residents of the complex left their apartments safely.

No injuries were reported, Hewett said, and damage was confined to the single unit.

"The fire didn't go beyond the apartment," he said.

Bellingham police and fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. The occupant, who returned home after the fire was out, was being assisted by the Red Cross, Hewett said. The other occupants of the complex were allowed to return to their apartments.

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