Fire ignites RV in Freeland

No one was injured in an early morning fire Sunday that torched a large van parked outside a Freeland residence.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS responded to the blaze at the Roxlin Drive address around 5:23 a.m. on June 23, according to Fire Chief Nick Walsh.

“The crews responded quickly and although it was fully involved, they were able to put it out before it spread to the house,” he said.

Residents of the home were alerted to the fire by their dog barking. The RV, parked in the driveway five feet from the home, was a total loss. The garage incurred some minor damage from smoke.

Firefighters were on scene approximately two hours. The fire appeared to have started in the engine compartment of the vehicle, which wasn’t plugged in at the time of the incident. The exact cause is unknown.

It was a busy weekend for South Whidbey Fire/EMS, which also responded to the report of a vehicle that had veered off Sills Road Sunday afternoon into a tree and power pole. The driver, who appeared to be in “decent” condition, Walsh said, was transported to WhidbeyHealth to treat his injuries. The road was temporarily closed for about an hour while Puget Sound Energy evaluated the situation.

The agency was also alerted to a family of kayakers in distress near Possession Point State Park on Saturday morning. They were picked up by a boater before first responders could arrive, however.