A firefighter looks out the shattered window of a home damaged by fire Friday. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

A firefighter looks out the shattered window of a home damaged by fire Friday. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Arson suspected in North Whidbey Fire

A possible arson significantly damaged a North Whidbey home Friday morning.

No one was injured in the blaze.

North Whidbey Fire responded to a residential fire shortly around 10:15 a.m at a home on North Evergreen Street, according to Battalion Chief Chris Swiger. First responders arrived to find the top level of a three-story building ablaze, with flames coming out of two windows.

The four occupants had exited the house uninjured and reported that a woman had been acting erratically shortly before the fire started in a bedroom inside the residence.

The woman is one of the occupant’s sister, Swiger said.

The damage was isolated to the top floor of the home, Swiger said.

Firefighters from Oak Harbor Fire Department, Mount Erie Fire Department and the Navy provided mutual aid.

Swiger described the residence as a “hoarder house,” and said the excessive amount of items inside added fuel to the flames. It also will make the investigators’ job more difficult, he said Friday morning.

Oak Harbor Fire began investigating the cause Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t determined before press time.

More in News

COVID-19 outbreak being investigated at Regency

18 people have tested positive for coronavirus at a long-term care facility in Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor Police Dept. earns state association accreditation

The accreditation didn’t change how officers do their jobs, but does include important adjustments.

Man gets four years in stabbing incident

Altercation took place on ferry in September

Oak Harbor man charged with child molesting has sordid history

A registered sex offender molested another child and was sentenced to 90 days of work release.

Oak Harbor resident Charles Ringer testifies in his defense in a child rape trial that ended in a jury deadlock. Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
Jury deadlocked in complex child rape case

The judge declared a mistrial in a child rape case involving a retired Navy pilot from Oak Harbor.

Man rescued from water off Oak Harbor after boat capsizes

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer swam a man to shore in Oak Harbor after his boat capsized Sunday.

Superior court trial rescheduled because of COVID exposure

A domestic assault trial was delayed after a defense attorney was exposed someone with COVID-19.

Despite COVID-19, ferries could be busy on Thanksgiving

Although essential-only travel is urged, Washington State Ferries cautions people catching a… Continue reading

Photo provided
Langley Library Manager Vicky Welfare stands at the corner of the access ramp to the library entrance. Pending state budget approval, Sno-Isle Libraries is planning to improve building access inside and out.
Langley Library due for makeover, pending approval of state budget

Sno-Isle Libraries is tentatively moving forward with plans to remodel and update… Continue reading

Most Read