Mount Vernon, WA – The Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the 100 block of North 6th Street at approximately 10:42 am on April 18th, 2019.
According to a press memo from Peter Donovan, the fire began externally, and worked its way through the front entrance area of the home. When fire crews arrived, the homeowner was outside, applying water to the fire. All occupants of the home had evacuated prior to the arrival of fire crews and were unharmed.
After a 360 assessment of the fire, the fire was upgraded to a 2nd alarm because the fire had spread down between the first floor of the home and the basement. Fire Crews from Bay Ridge Fire District 6, Skagit County Fire District 3, Clear Lake Fire district 4 and Big Lake Fire District 9 responded to assist at the scene and “backfill” Mount Vernon Fire Station three to cover additional fire calls in the Mount Vernon Fire District.
“To see a fire spread quickly like this, between floors of an older home, is not uncommon,” said Fire Marshal Steve Riggs. “Older homes typically have balloon-frame construction which allows fire to travel more easily from one floor to another.”
Fire Crews worked successfully to extinguish the fire, and prevent further damage. Damage is estimated to be well over $25,000. The Red Cross is assisting the family with short-term needs while the repairs to the home are completed.