North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire and several weather-related accidents over the weekend, according to press releases.
On Saturday, Dec. 23 at 11:32 p.m. the district responded to a residential structure fire at 213 W. Fakkema Road in Oak Harbor. Navy Fire, tender-71 and E71 provided mutual aid assistance. A total of 24 firefighters battled the blaze for approximately 45 minutes before gaining control. Crews remained on scene for another three hours performing overhaul duties to make sure there were no more hot spots that could potentially reignite, the release states.
No injuries to the firefighters were reported as a result of the fire, and a single occupant was evaluated and released by on-scene medical personnel. There were several pets rescued and removed to safety.
Between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the district responded to more than 15 car accidents due to icy road conditions. The accidents ranged from minor slides off the road to major collisions. There were an estimated 50 vehicles that required some type of assistance by the department.
One North Whidbey Fire engine was struck by another vehicle during a response, rendering it temporarily out of service. There were no significant injuries to individuals involved nor to fire and EMS personnel during the responses.