Tag: north whatcom fire and rescue
By Caleb Hutton
A Herald reader snapped a couple photos of Whatcom County firefighters doing a practice run of a house fire this weekend off of Goodwin Road.
Photos courtesy of M. Sue Sefton.
Update at 3:35 p.m. Robert Spinner, assistant chief of the Lynden Fire Department, gives the following details.
On Saturday February 23, 2013, the City of Lynden Fire Department, in conjunction with North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, conducted a Live Fire Training Exercise at 6794 Goodwin Rd. in Everson. This training was conducted to teach Firefighters Fire Behavior, Hose handling and Ventilation techniques. Whatcom County Fire District 1 Fire Chief Mel Blankers, working with the owners of this property were gracious enough to donate this acquired structure to us, for this realistic training event.
A total of 20 personnel from The City of Lynden Fire Department and North Whatcom Fire and Rescue participated in this training event, utilizing Two Engines and two Water Tenders.
The training was conducted at 6794 Goodwin Road. Spinner provided the following photos. They were taken by Tammy Spinner.
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.