Two people unhurt after fire burns Birch Bay home

Two people escaped unharmed from a fire that tore through half their home in the Birch Bay area Saturday night, Aug. 15, according to firefighters.

A man called 911 when he noticed the back of his house on fire around 8 p.m. Saturday, firefighters said. The home was in space 1 of the Latitude 49 resort community in Birch Bay.

Half of the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, said acting North Whatcom Fire Chief Bill Pernett. Six fire engines responded, and crews were able to contain the fire within 25 minutes, Pernett said.

The man and another resident inside had no injuries, Pernett said.

Firefighters estimated the damage around $70,000, Pernett said. The appraised value of the property is $72,031, and the house $37,181, according to the Whatcom County Assessor’s website.

Fire Marshal’s Office Investigator Will Anderson said the cause of the fire was accidental, but he did not elaborate on what kind of accident sparked the flames. The fire started in a storage area near the back and spread underneath the house, he said.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the residents with temporary housing.