New Year’s Day fire death likely a homicide

By Mark Reimers FERNDALE — The victim of a New Year’s Day house fire on Rural Avenue has been identified by the Whatcom County medical examiner as 23-year-old Mindy Rhoads, of Lynden, according to information released Jan. 3 by the Ferndale Police Department. Lieutenant Bill Hatchett said investigators have determined that the fire was deliberately…

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