Firefighters respond to Mount Vernon fire

August 25, 2018
Mount Vernon firefighters are engulfed in smoke from a house fire Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of South 28th Street. The crew had put out the fire and set up a large fan to vent the house.

MOUNT VERNON — Four area fire departments responded Thursday afternoon to a house fire in the 300 block of South 28th Street in Mount Vernon.

The Mount Vernon Fire Department was joined by Skagit County Fire Districts 2, 3 and 9.

After responding to the call at 12:32 p.m., firefighters found smoke coming through the eaves and windows. The home was determined to be unoccupied.

The initial knockdown of the fire occurred within 20 minutes and the fire was completely extinguished shortly after.

Property damage was estimated to be about $10,000, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

“We always take these opportunities to remind folks that working smoke alarms can help to provide an early warning to occupants, and even neighbors, of a fire,” Mount Vernon Fire Chief Bryan Brice said. “We were fortunate that this home was vacant at the time of the fire, but families should have emergency evacuation plans, and practice them. We want all homes and businesses to be fire safe.”

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