An early morning blaze that consumed a mobile home in the 8600 block of Blaine Road on October 31 is being called “suspicious” by Whatcom County fire marshals.
Firefighters arrived to a fully involved fire shortly after it was reported at 2:43 a.m. “We took a defensive route and fought the fire from the outside,” said North Whatcom Fire and Rescue chief John Swobody. “But there was nothing to save by the time we arrived.”
Swobody said the fire was so damaging he was unable to tell the model or year of the mobile home from the remains.
Swobody said two adults were living at the residence, but were not in the home when they arrived.
It took firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish the fire, and an additional 2.5 hours to complete an overhaul of the structure to make sure the fire was completely extinguished. Washington State Department of Transportation crews closed the road in that area during that time.
Fire marshal Mitch Nolze said the incident is still under investigation, but the circumstances surrounding it are suspicious. He was unable to comment on exactly what he found suspicious about the fire, however. “We have some things to look into,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll have some sort of determination by the end of the week.”
The Mt. Baker chapter of the American Red Cross provided the two residents with winter jackets, personal hygiene items, recovery information, financial assistance for food and clothing and a hotel for three nights.
Chapter volunteers will continue to assess further needs and assist with long-term recovery plans.