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Scene of a residential fire in the 1200 block of W Axton Road (November 22, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News

Fire in vacant W Axton house appears suspicious

FERNDALE, Wash. — Firefighters quickly got control of a residential fire on W Axton Road shortly after noon today but law enforcement also got involved.

Firefighters with Whatcom County Fire District 7 were dispatched to a residential fire in the 1200 block of W Axton Road about 12:10pm today, November 22nd.

WCFD7 Division Chief Justin Iverson said the house appeared unoccupied but he was aware law enforcement had a report of someone having been seen at the house just before the fire. Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies could be seen talking with neighbors.

A male was reportedly treated by a WCFD7 aid crew and released into law enforcement custody at the scene according to unconfirmed emergency radio transmissions at the time. No other injuries were reported according to Iverson.

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Traffic was detoured through the Deer Creek neighbor while W Axton Road was closed to through traffic. The road remained closed until approximately 2:20pm.

The structure suffered significant smoke and fire damage according to Iverson.

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office was dispatched to investigate Iverson said.

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