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Fire damages home northwest of Ferndale

Firefighters battle a house fire Monday evening, June 29, on Yukon Way. Flames destroyed most of the home’s southeast corner, and left severe smoke damage throughout the home.
Firefighters battle a house fire Monday evening, June 29, on Yukon Way. Flames destroyed most of the home’s southeast corner, and left severe smoke damage throughout the home. The Bellingham Herald

A grandmother, her daughter and two young children escaped a fire that tore through a house Monday afternoon, June 29, north of Grandview Road in western Whatcom County.

Firefighters reached the doublewide mobile home, 6955 Yukon Way, to find its southeast walls and a back porch engulfed in flames around 5:45 p.m.

An elderly woman who lives there fled out the front door using her walker, neighbors said. She did not have any injuries, and she didn’t need treatment for smoke inhalation, said Division Chief Jerry Martin of Whatcom County Fire District 7.

Her grandson had arrived home and tried to put the flames out with a garden hose, but it grew out of control. Nobody was hurt.

Fire ripped through the south face of the house, spread into the attic and broke through the roof. Once firefighters had most of the flames knocked down, northern gusts of wind stoked the fire again, billowing more grayish-yellow smoke into the sky.

“What’s really hurting us now is that attic opened up and the prevailing wind is pushing the fire this way,” Martin said.

Smoke died down by 7 p.m.

Much of the fire damage was to the home’s south side. Everything burned that could be seen through gaping holes in the walls. Outside a back porch and a rabbit hutch smoldered. Smoke also damaged most, or all, of the home’s interior.

Assessor’s records list the homeowners as Carl and Laurel Seiler. The 1,970-square-foot single-story house had an assessed value of about $68,000. The county fire marshal’s office will decide if any part of the building is salvageable, or if it’s a total loss.

The fire’s cause was under investigation Monday evening.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read the Dispatcher blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog and follow him on Twitter at @bhamcaleb.

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