The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a residential fire in a vacant Birch Bay home that occurred Thursday as a possible arson.
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue crews responded to 4619 Anderson Road at 4:28 p.m. Video from the fire posted to social media by Susan Fisher shows flames extending out of the two-story house and black smoke billowing into the air.
“Officially, it’s an arson investigation,” fire investigator Mitch Nolze told The Bellingham Herald Friday. “It’s a suspicious fire. It was an abandoned property. There was no power to it. There wasn’t anybody on the property, and there were no signs of accidental ignition sources.”