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Woman injured in Sunnyland house fire

Fire injured a woman and heavily damaged a home late Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Sunnyland neighborhood .

A woman who lives in the 2500 block of Dean Avenue suffered smoke inhalation and was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital, said Bellingham Fire Assistant Chief Bill Hewett. He said she was trying to get her dogs out of the burning home. One animal died, Hewett said Sunday, Oct. 18.

Her condition was unavailable.

Several callers to 911 about 11:45 p.m. Saturday reported heavy smoke in the area of East North Street and Dean Avenue, Hewett said.

“It began as a smoke investigation and when our crews got in the area, we found a house on fire,” Hewett said.

He said firefighters encountered heavy smoke and moderate heat from flames that were shooting from a window and pulled hoses from their pumper truck to attack the flames from inside. About 20 firefighters, including four engine companies, a ladder truck and an ambulance were dispatched to the fire.

Flames were under control within 15 minutes but firefighters remained for nearly an hour, pulling drywall and checking the attic to make sure fire hadn’t extended into the walls.

Cause of the fire and an estimate of damages was unavailable Sunday.