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Clinton home burns down

A house on Columbia Beach Drive in Clinton caught on fire Thursday, Dec. 12. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
A house on Columbia Beach Drive in Clinton caught on fire Thursday, Dec. 12. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

A Clinton home was destroyed by fire Thursday night.

The Columbia Beach Drive home was seen engulfed in flames from the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route. No one was injured, and South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief Rusty Palmer said it was unoccupied when the fire started in a bedroom on the street side of the house.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, though arson is not suspected.

“We didn’t find any evidence of intention,” Palmer said. “That’s always a possibility, but it’s the last possibility we look for. There was nothing to suggest it was intentionally set.”

Fire district officials did not have an estimated cost of the damage. According to the Island County Assessor’s online database, the property owned by Thomas Zebroski is valued at $453,473.

Zebroski’s phone number is not listed.

When firefighters arrived, the single story, two-bedroom home was reportedly 75 percent engulfed in flames. Palmer noted the location of the home and where the fire started made it difficult for someone to notice until the blaze spread through the house and made its way to the seaside.

“Had there been a chance to save the house, we would have saved the house,” Palmer said. “When it’s 75 percent engulfed when we get there, it’s a degree of loss.”

Nearby homes, within a few yards of the flames, were reportedly undamaged. The house’s carport was charred, while the detached garage did not have any signs of scorching.

 

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