Oak Harbor motor home destroyed in fire

Firefighters with Oak Harbor Fire Department respond to a motor home blaze Monday. - Michelle Beahm/Whidbey News-Times
Firefighters with Oak Harbor Fire Department respond to a motor home blaze Monday.
— image credit: Michelle Beahm/Whidbey News-Times

Staff reporter

Nobody was injured in a motor home fire on Northwest Lateen Street in Oak Harbor on Monday.

According to Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill, the fire was first noticed by an occupant in the motor home, who smelled smoke.

Merrill said the motor home’s occupant tried to find the source of the fire before evacuating. The occupant and his father shut off the power to the motor home, then called 911, according to Merrill.

The call was placed at 11:57 a.m. Monday. Engine 81 arrived at 12:03 p.m.

The fire was mostly out by 12:20 p.m., said Merrill.

“When we got here, the motor home was heavily involved on the right side, with some fire spreading over to the house,” Merrill said.

Merrill said there was minimal damage to the house itself, but the motor home is “a total loss.”

Responders to the emergency call included two engines from the fire department, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, Navy Region Northwest Fire and a unit from the Whidbey General Hospital, a “pretty standard response” to this sort of call, according to Merrill.

There were no injuries sustained in the fire.

Merrill said the cause is still under investigation, but it appears to be accidental.


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