No injuries but major damages reported after flames were reported at the back of an empty home in West Aberdeen Saturday night. Fire Chief Tom Hubbard said they were called to the 1400 block of Sumner Avenue just after 9 p.m. for the report of a fully engulfed fire. Eight from Aberdeen and two firefighters from Hoquiam responded at first, but they quickly escalated response to a two-alarm fire. Hubbard added, “The fire was primarily centered around the backdoor which is an alcove. It started there and went into a breezeway.”
Hubbard said work had been done to the home recently, “the whole interior of the house is open framing like it’s in the middle of some sort of remodel work. There’s no sheetrock, there’s no wiring, there’s no wood paneling. And so it had free reign to move up into the attic. So when they arrived the whole first floor was fully involved with fire, and into the attic. This thing was just looking for a really good air source and it would have gone up completely.”
Old paint was melted and bubbled away from the shake siding along the top of the home as crews worked on hotspots around 10 pm Saturday night. Hubbard commended his crew, saying they quickly knocked down the flames at the back of the home with a transitional attack. They were then able to get into the home and pull the remaining fuel.
“This thing was just looking for a really good air source and it would have gone up completely.”
Investigators have not found a source, Hubbard said the PUD confirmed that no power or gas was hooked up to the home. Damages were estimated at around $40,000 due to the amount of damage to the roof and trusses inside the home.
Damages were estimated at around $40,000 due to the amount of damage to the roof and trusses inside the home, however, Hubbard had to admit a guess since the home was mid-renovation.