One fire damages two homes

Side-by-side house fires on Wednesday had firefighters from Oak Harbor and North Whidbey Fire and Rescue rolling out to answer the call at 3:06 a.m.

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue District Chief Marv Koorn said two engines from each department along with the district’s tender and light truck were dispatched to a location in the 1000 block of Greenwood Street in response to a report that two houses next door to one another were on fire.

“The fire started in a lean-to that had been constructed between the two houses,” Koorn said. “It was apparently built to store firewood, however, there was no wood in it at the time the blaze broke out.”

Koorn said the major problem in knocking down the fire was that it burned off the regulator to the gas meter on one of the houses.

“We had natural gas feeding the fire and that was a major concern for us,” he said.

A neighbor noticed the fire knocked on the doors of both houses alerting the residents who were asleep at the time the fire started.

Koorn said there were no injuries.

“The bulk of the damage was done to the exteriors and the attics of both houses and the damage was extensive,” Koorn said. “There really wasn’t that much smoke and water damage done to the contents of the houses.”

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident to determine the exact cause of the fire.

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