Ten Mile Fire

Fire destroyed an unoccupied house on Ten Mile Road about 4:30 a.m. Monday. (Courtesy photo/Jay Van Lant)

EVERSON ­— A fire had fully engulfed a ranch-style house at 1513 Ten Mile Rd. early Monday morning by the time the blaze was called in. However, no one was living in the house at the time and no one was injured.

Herschel Rostov, division chief with North Whatcom Fire & Rescue, said the roof of the house had already collapsed and “it was mostly a loss before we ever got there.” 

The call came in around 4:30 a.m. and North Whatcom responded eventually with about seven engines, tankers and other vehicles, Rostov said, while the Lynden Fire Department and Fire District 1 (Everson) and Fire District 7 (Ferndale) also contributed help.

The narrow road and  a downed power line to the house complicated access to the fire, both for trucks and for water lines, he said. No hydrant was available, just the water brought in by trucks.

“Nobody was home at the time of the fire. There hadn’t been anyone living there for a while,” Rostov said. However, the owners of the house “did come by later and we met with them.”

County records show that the owners of the 1969-built house are Matthew and Kara Munger. The appraised value of their entire 4.7 acres including the house is around $307,000.

A detached building was not burned.

Rostov guessed that a cause may be difficult to determine, due to the intensity of the fire. The cause of fire will remain “undetermined,” confirmed couty fire investigator Will Anderson on Tuesday.