Smoke was emanating from vents under a home in the Westcott Bay area when San Juan Island Fire and Rescue firefighters arrived on the scene Friday morning, July 1, 2019. The owner of the home had safely evacuated with his pets and there were no injuries. The crews were responding to a 9-1-1 call reporting a residential fire.
Firefighters ready the hose. Photo courtesy of SJIFRD
The fire scene was sized up, evaluated and firefighters began extinguishing the fire. The fire was difficult to contain due to the restricted space where the fire and smoke were. The fire scene was active for the remainder of the morning to ensure the fire had been fully extinguished.
Firefighter’s rapid response helped limit the spread of the fire, although there was damage to a portion of the home’s crawl space and in one bedroom.
San Juan Island Fire Chief Norvin Collins said, “Our career and volunteer firefighters train throughout the year so we are ready to protect our community. We were able to safely and rapidly extinguish this challenging fire and to save the home.”
In addition to career and volunteer firefighters, the San Juan Island Fire and Rescue logistics team assisted on-site teams. The owner of the home, along with the homeowner’s pets, were offered assistance for temporary housing and other needs.
Chief Collins added, “I am grateful for the assistance of neighbors during today’s fire. We always appreciate your support.”