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OIFR saves home after guest house catches fire

By COLLEEN ARMSTRONG
Islands Sounder Publisher, Editor
March 16, 2013 · 2:25 PM
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Lieutenant Richie Harvey working to pull down boards at the house fire. / Colleen Smith Armstrong/staff photo

Orcas Fire responded to a guest house fire around 9 a.m. on March 16 on Pea Pod Lane in the Sea Acres area.

No one was injured in the blaze; all occupants were able to evacuate. The main home was saved after firefighters extinguished the fire in the guest house, which is totalled. It stands only a few feet from the primary residence.

"The house would have caught fire in a matter of minutes if we hadn't arrived when we did," Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien said.

Initially called in as a chimney fire, the cause of the structure fire is unknown. Fire Marshal Paul Turner speculated it was a plug-in heater.

"We'll probably never know," he said.


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