Kendall home destroyed by fire that started near wood stove

Tri-City Herald

A Tuesday night fire destroyed a home and car near here, displacing two residents, officials said.

“One guy was sleeping on the couch and he stepped out for a bit, to have a smoke, and when he came back in the couch was on fire next to the wood stove,” said Chief Jerry DeBruin of Whatcom County Fire District 14.

He said a smoke alarm activated about 11:30 p.m. and the two residents of the home at 302 Sprague Valley Drive got out safely with a dog. A pet cat was unaccounted for – it was not found in the rubble, DeBruin said.

“It’s a total loss. Structurally, it’s still standing. When we arrived, the whole front end was (engulfed) in flames,” he said. “It started defensive, but we transitioned to offensive and got inside and we were able to knock it down.”

YouTube video of fire recorded by Yulia Kazansky, a neighbor

DeBruin said a car parked outside was destroyed, and flames scorched trees surrounding the two-story log home. He estimated damage at $150,000 to the house and contents. Firefighters from District 14 stations in Kendall, Welcome and Sumas responded, he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, although its origin is likely the couch, DeBruin said.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents, he said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty