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No one hurt in fire at occupied home north of Ferndale

FERNDALE — An intense fire on the second floor of an attached garage was extinguished Monday, June 23, before the flames could spread to the rest of the occupied home on Aldergrove Road.

Something — possibly a matress — caught fire in the attic of the garage around 7:15 p.m., said Fire District 7 Chief Gary Russell. Thick heavy smoke started filtering into the house, 2184 Aldergrove, occupied by a family. Then flames broke into the open air through a skylight, making for a strong, smoky fire when the first fire engines arrived minutes later.

No one was hurt.

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue sent in tenders to supply water in the rural neighborhood north of Ferndale.

An hour later, as the firefighting effort wound to a close, the garage showed little damage from the outside. A barely visible haze of smoke lingered above the roof. Engines stayed on scene in case the flames rekindled.

The cause of the fire was being investigated Monday night. A damage estimate wasn't available. The entire home has a value of about $330,000, according to the county assessor's office.