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Brush fire stopped before reaching south Bellingham home

A Bellingham firefighter puts water on a smoldering patch of ground while a Puget Sound Energy worker checks a power line at a brush fire in the 1500 block of Samish Way on Tuesday, June 30, in Bellingham, Washington.
A Bellingham firefighter puts water on a smoldering patch of ground while a Puget Sound Energy worker checks a power line at a brush fire in the 1500 block of Samish Way on Tuesday, June 30, in Bellingham, Washington. The Bellingham Herald

A fire that started in a front yard and partially burned a power pole was contained before it reached the house Tuesday morning, June 30.

A column of black smoke rose from the yard at 1501 Samish Way around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters arrived to find an older man battling the brush fire with a garden hose, said Capt. Dave Parker.

The flames encircled a power pole that began shooting sparks from the top, Parker said. Firefighters contained the fire within minutes before it reached the home.

The homeowner with the garden hose was uninjured. His and another house lost power temporarily. Puget Sound Energy crews were on scene and restored it within the hour.

Whatcom County Assessor’s records list Hamilton Dutcher as the homeowner.

The cause of the fire was under investigation Tuesday.

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