Family escapes burning home

Nobody was injured in a structure fire on North Whidbey Wednesday night, but a family was left homeless.

Marv Koorn, chief of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, said a resident of Burma Road, which is off Silver Lake Road, woke up about 9:30 p.m. to find a fire in the corner of his bedroom. The man quickly got himself and five other people — including children and a pregnant woman — out of the house.

Koorn said firefighters were able to confine the fire to the bedroom and the outside wall.

“The guys did a good job,” he said. “They got a quick knock-down and really saved the integrity of the structure.”

Koorn said the damage to the two-story home included heavy smoke damage throughout. He estimates the damage at $75,000.

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire, but Koorn said it may end up being a mystery. The fire originated in a corner with a chest of drawers and an outlet with nothing plugged in.

The Island County Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene.

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