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Brush fire ignites unoccupied mobile home near Wiser Lake

A grass fire spread to a mobile home near Wiser Lake south of Lynden shortly after noon Thursday, July 28, and caused significant damage, fire officials reported.

Both Lynden and North Whatcom Fire and Rescue firefighters were dispatched to the fire in the 400 block of Wiser Lake Road, where they saw singed grass and heavy black smoke coming from the mobile home, said North Whatcom Fire Chief William Pernett.

“There was a grass fire and they fought that first,” Pernett said. But the mobile home was beyond saving and firefighters controlled the fire’s spread by applying water from outside, he said. It took about two hours to fight the fire and sift through the debris to make sure the flames didn’t rekindle.

Firefighting efforts took the crews of two engines and a tender to supply water, because the rural area lacks hydrants.

Pernett said the building was a 1960s-era single-wide mobile home with little monetary value. It was unoccupied and being used for storage.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Pernett said. There were no injuries.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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