Blaine house fire sends 1 to hospital


A Blaine man was transported to the hospital after he was critically burned re-entering his home while it was on fire.

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR), Whatcom County Fire District 7 and Bellingham Fire Department responded to a 7:06 p.m. house fire call on October 1. First responders arrived to a mobile home in the 100 block of Poplar View Drive, near the U.S./Canada border, that was fully involved in flames, NWFR chief Jason Van der Veen said. 

One man entered the home in an attempt to extinguish the fire after the other occupants evacuated, Van der Veen said. The man and other occupants were outside of the home when fire crews arrived. First responders aided the man before transporting him to St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham for critical burn injuries. 

This comes just a month after a 68-year-old Blaine man died after setting his Sweet Road home on fire September 2. Van der Veen said the two incidents are the only house fire injuries in NWFR’s service area so far this year. 


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