No injuries were reported in a fire that destroyed an entire residence Sunday night, according to South Whidbey Fire/EMS.
The call for a structure fire on Langley Road came in at 8:55 p.m. on Sept. 10. Firefighters from South Whidbey Fire/EMS arrived at the address to find a fully involved blaze engulfing a garage with an attached apartment.
The occupant of the apartment was alerted to the fire’s presence in her garage by her smoke alarm, Deputy Chief Terry Ney said. Upon discovering the flames, she shut the door between the garage and her residence and left the building. She went to the main house on the property, which was occupied by relatives, and woke them up.
One of her family members ended up opening the main garage door to investigate. Unfortunately, this action provided a fresh flow of oxygen to fuel the fire, making it greatly increase.
Ney said South Whidbey Fire/EMS responded with two engines, three water tenders, an aid vehicle and a chief officer. The fire department was assisted by WhidbeyHealth EMS, Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue, Island County Sheriff’s Office, Langley Police Department, Island County Public Works and Puget Sound Energy.
“The garage/apartment was a total loss, as well as a Bayliner boat and a van,” Ney said. “Another vehicle was moved out of danger, and the only damage to the nearby house was a couple of cracked windows due to radiant heat.”
The cause is undetermined at this time, and there is no estimate of the damage available. The Red Cross will be assisting the displaced woman, who lost everything in the blaze but luckily has a place to stay in the nearby house that was kept from catching on fire.
Firefighters were on scene until 2:30 Monday morning.