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Home destroyed in fire

Two structure fires, along with several traffic accidents that North Whidbey Fire and Rescue District Chief Marv Koorn attributed to stormy weather and wet roads, kept personnel hopping last week.

The first fire involved a mobile home in a park on Holmstead Road that was called in at approximately 4:28 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26.

“The fire started outside where the generators were at the rear of the trailer and went in through the back bedroom,” Koorn said. “By the time we arrived, the back one-third of the mobile home was fully involved.”

None of the residents were home at the time the fire broke out and there were no injuries.

Koorn said the blaze pretty much destroyed the entire mobile home

“The part of the structure that wasn’t burned suffered heavy smoke damage,” he said.

Eighteen firefighters, both tenders and three fire engines responded to the call.

On Thursday at about 4:15 p.m., firefighters responded to a reported structure fire on Matsen Lane.

Koorn said investigators discovered the fire started in the attic of the residence.

“The attic was fairly airtight and the fire put itself out,” he said. “The tenant was not home at the time, but the owner of the residence was.”

Koorn said the owner, who was doing work on the house, heard the alarm at approximately 3 p.m. and thought it was just the carbon monoxide alarm going off.

“There was minimal smoke damage in the attic and just some electrical wires were destroyed,” Koorn said. “It was a pretty easy one for us.”

Fire and rescue personnel were called out just one time during the weekend wind storm.

“Usually when the foliage is still on the trees like it is now, we have more calls reporting damage,” Koorn said. “Other than the usual jump in traffic accidents we have when there is rain and wet pavement, things have been pretty quiet.”

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