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Whatcom County couple loses dog and home to afternoon fire

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A Whatcom County couple lost their dog and home during a fire Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters with North Whatcom Fire and Rescue were called to the 6500 block of Tut Terrace for the report of flames showing from a house Wednesday afternoon, according to Division Chief Jason Vanderveen. When crews arrived about 3:30 p.m., the house was well-involved, Vanderveen said.

Vanderveen said crews were on scene for several hours, but the house was a total loss. The two adults who were living in the home were not there when the fire started, Vanderveen said. Their dog died in the fire, he said.

Will Anderson, a fire investigator with the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s office, said there was too much damage to make a determination about what caused the fire.

“The fire burned long enough it had a structural collapse in the back,” Anderson said.

Anderson estimates the damage to be around $100,000.

Reporter Denver Pratt joined The Bellingham Herald in 2017 and covers courts and criminal and social justice. She has worked in Montana, Florida and Virginia.
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