Fire authorities believe foul play may have been involved in a fire that severely damaged a Mutiny Bay home early Thursday morning.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief Rusty Palmer said he could provide few details in the case as it remains under investigation. He did say, however, that experts have not yet determined a cause and are questioning how the blaze began.
“It is suspicious,” Palmer said.
The fire district responded to a report of a fire in the single story home on Timber Lane at about 2 a.m. An occupant was in the building but escaped unharmed, the chief said. The fire was reported by a neighbor.
The blaze was centered in the living room and firefighters were able to get the flames under control before they consumed the entire building.
As of about 8 a.m., an Island County Sheriff’s deputy was guarding the building until it was light enough for a fire investigator to arrive and work.