Two residents displaced as home burns. Here’s what happened

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Fire heavily damaged a home in rural Whatcom County south of Lynden late Wednesday, March 29, officials said.

Both residents of the two-story home at 211 W. Pole Road escaped the house and tried without success to fight the flames with a garden house during the 11:20 p.m. incident, said Division Chief Jon Ahrenholz of North Whatcom Fire & Rescue.

No injuries were reported, and the residents saved their pet turtle, Ahrenholz told The Bellingham Herald.

Red Cross officials were helping the residents with their immediate needs, he said.

Cause of the fire was electrical in nature and the building and contents were a total loss estimated at $300,000, said Whatcom County fire inspector Jacob Johnson.

An RV was also destroyed, Ahrenholz said.

Firefighters found heavy fire behind the house when they arrived, Ahrenholz said, and they fought the flames from the outside until they could secure a water supply and had enough personnel to attack from inside.

Firefighters from North Whatcom, Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden helped at the scene.