Zylstra Road home catches fire — twice

A resident returned to find her home on Zylstra Road full of smoke Monday afternoon and then again that evening. Fire officials are still investigating the fire’s origin.

Karla Baxley said she called Puget Sound Energy about a downed power line near her home, left and returned to find the structure on fire. Her dog managed to get the door open and go onto the balcony, where Baxley’s boyfriend retrieved it. No one else was inside.

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue arrived around 2:30 p.m. to find flames coming from the back part of the residence, said Battalion Chief Chris Swiger.

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue and Navy region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services provided mutual aid.

Damage was limited to one room with extreme heat and smoke damage, Swiger said.

Firefighters extinguished the initial flames in about five minutes and spent another hour on overhaul. However, the old home had been modified over the years, and the fire had gotten into a gap between an add-on and the original structure.

Shortly after 6 p.m., North Whidbey Fire returned to site to find more flames, Swiger said. Personnel completely extinguished the flames within a few minutes and stayed another 20 minutes to ensure all embers were put out as well, Swiger said.

Fire personnel returned Tuesday morning to investigate the cause.

More in News

Three people seriously injured in head-on highway collision Saturday

Two people were airlifted and another seriously injured in a head-on collision… Continue reading

Field carrier landing practices scheduled through Aug. 25

There are carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at the Outlying… Continue reading

Waterfront association offers ideas, plans changes for Coupeville wharf entryway

Small upgrades now, then big changes down the road are being discussed… Continue reading

Barbara Bailey won’t seek third term in state Senate

After serving the people of the 10th Legislative District in the state… Continue reading

Supporters wave flags and signs in support of Navy at weekend rally

More than 100 people gathered Saturday to declare their support for the… Continue reading

Contractor chosen for new behavioral health crisis center

Whidbey Island is a step closer to having its first facility for… Continue reading

Wharf gets rural development grant, Oak Harbor requests still in question

County commissioners have decided to give restorations at the Coupeville Wharf a… Continue reading

Paved Kettles Trail to close for resurfacing

Island County Public Works will begin resurfacing activities on Kettles Trail as… Continue reading

Two transported to hospital after motorcycle accident

Two people were transported to the hospital Wednesday after hitting a deer… Continue reading

Most Read