Fire burns shed, briefly closes Guide Meridian

Fire of undetermined origin burned a shed on Guide Meridian north of Stuart Road early Sunday, briefly closing the two northbound lanes.

Battalion Chief Chuck Henkel of the Bellingham Fire Department said fire was reported about 8 a.m in an abandoned 12-by-12-foot wooden shed north of the Walmart. No injuries were reported.

“It just made a lot of smoke for a short period of time,” Henkel said. The building was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. Radio dispatches indicated there were several 911 calls from passers-by.

All lanes of the Guide were open by 8:40 a.m., according to the state Department of the Transportation. Firefighters remained on scene for a little over an hour, sifting through the wreckage.

Henkel said the cause could not be determined and could not be linked to a series of arson fires that began last summer.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty