Fire contained to attic causes $40K damages

Fire contained to attic causes $40K damages

An interior fire in a Clinton home may have caused considerable damage to the house, but no injuries were reported.

Personnel from South Whidbey Fire/EMS and Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue responded to a blaze at about 2 p.m. this past Saturday on Humphrey Road.

The chimney was reportedly ignited after the homeowner started a fire in the home’s wood stove. It’s not known why, but a portion of the attic surrounding the chimney also burned.

Fire district Public Information Officer Jon Gabelein referred to attic fires as “hidden targets.”

When the responders first arrived at the scene, they were puzzled about the source of the conflagration, according to Gabelein. However, they were able to determine that the fire was confined to a very small area in the attic.

Responders cut a hole in the vaulted ceiling and, within 30 minutes, the fire was extinguished.

Gabelein credited the homeowner’s awareness and quick response, combined with the effort of the firefighters, in snuffing out the blaze early on.

The home sustained an estimated $40,000 worth of damage, including the interior floor, ceiling, insulation and repair of the chimney, according to Gabelein.

“It was just lucky that it was caught so quickly and contained to the attic,” he said.

Fire contained to attic causes $40K damages
Fire contained to attic causes $40K damages
Fire contained to attic causes $40K damages

More in News

The route of the Whidbey 1/2 will take runners down West Beach Road where they will be greeted by views of the Pacific Ocean and snow-capped mountains on Sunday, April 25. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)
Runners to compete in Whidbey ½ next Sunday

Up to 600 runners will compete in the Whidbey ½ on Sunday, April 25, on the North End, and there are still spots available for those who want to join.

Foundation awards $60,000 in grants

Whidbey Community Foundation recently announced its next phase of funding from the… Continue reading

Charity for foster care holding auction

A nonprofit organization with a mission to meet the needs of foster… Continue reading

Community remembers longtime officer from South Whidbey

Mark Brinkman, 56, passed away unexpectedly Sunday night.

Four-year-old Tula Pierre-Louis and her brother, Iuri, play in the waves with mother Atty at West Beach in Deception Pass State Park. It’s the beginning of peak season for Washington’s most popular state park. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)
Deception Pass State Park prepping for peak season

Park manager Jason Armstrong said the number of visitors last year was about 120 percent of what it had been in previous years at the most-visited state park in Washington.

Witness, shell casing tie murder to Central Whidbey

A law enforcement report on the murder of a 67-year-old Whidbey Island man whose body was found in Blaine suggests that he may have been shot near the Coupeville Ferry.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The Coupeville-Port Townsend route will stay on a one-boat schedule longer than initially planned because too many ferry workers are away from work after they contracted or were exposed to COVID-19. Reservations on the second boat through June 6 were canceled.
Coupeville ferry short crew; some reservations canceled

The ferry system should have a better idea in the next few weeks if the second boat will be delayed beyond June 6.

Hospital to sell Bayview property with odd history

The property has dropped significantly in value since its purchase 13 years ago.

Oak Harbor man charged for brandishing pellet gun

The 21-year-old man is facing a felony charge.

Most Read