Tag: giles road
By Caleb Hutton
A garage used for woodworking burned to the ground Thursday night, Jan. 17, east of Blaine.
Courtesy of the Whatcom County Assessor’s Office.
Courtesy of North Whatcom Fire & Rescue.
And I don’t have an after photo, but … well, it goes without saying, it was a total loss.
The fire at 8899 Giles Road was called in at 9:22 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find the shed beyond saving, said North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Division Chief Henry Hollander. The above photo was taken moments after the first fire engine showed up.
So firefighters focused on keeping the flames from spreading to the nearby house. It took about 20 minutes before the flames were knocked down. Three hours and 3,000 gallons of water later, first-responders finally cleared the scene.
Hollander estimated the damage at $10,000 for the structure and $25,000 for the table saws and other woodworking tools stowed inside.
The county fire marshal is investigating the cause, but right now the evidence points to a wood stove the homeowner was using to keep the 24-by-24-foot detached garage warm, Hollander said.