Photo provided by Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue
                                A CWIFR engine responds to a fire Saturday.

Photo provided by Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue A CWIFR engine responds to a fire Saturday.

Weed burning near home leads to small residential fire in Greenbank

A man using a propane weed burner inadvertently ignited a tree Sunday morning, and the fire spread to his Greenbank home. His response with a bucket of water and garden hose prevented the fire from spreading quickly, according to Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Hartin.

Central and South Whidbey firefighters received a report at 11:15 a.m. of small residential fire on Meerkerk Lane, Hartin said. Smoke was filling the attic and a window had broken from the heat when first responders arrived. A woman and dog got out of the house without injury.

Nine firefighters from Central Whidbey and six from South Whidbey Fire/EMS spent little more than an hour on scene to ensure everything was fully extinguished. It took about 20 minutes to knock down the flames.

Hartin said the task was made more challenging because the house was at the end of a long, narrow and winding driveway that was difficult to navigate with fire engines.

It wasn’t the first time the district had responded to a fire caused by propane weed burners, Hartin said. The devices shouldn’t be used near houses or other structures, and they should be used carefully around flammable plants, such as many types of evergreen trees.

Photo provided by Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue
                                A CWIFR engine responds to a fire Saturday.

Photo provided by Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue A CWIFR engine responds to a fire Saturday.

More in News

Island County eyes sewage disposal options

As the bill for hauling septic sludge off-island continues to enlarge, Island… Continue reading

Level III sex offender lives in Langley

The Island County Sheriff’s Office notified the public this week that a… Continue reading

Island County detectives join multi-agency team

Detectives from Island County will be joining a team of Skagit County… Continue reading

Navy seeks public comment on PFAS removal options

The Navy is aiming to provide permanent solutions for nearly 30 North… Continue reading

Man accused of hit and run

An Oak Harbor man is facing charges for allegedly driving his pickup… Continue reading

Public meeting on stormwater slated for Dec. 10

City officials want to hear what you think about Langley’s storm drainage… Continue reading

County budget, property tax increases passed

Island County Monday passed its $110-million budget and increased its three property… Continue reading

Clinton trail project, van pool purchases put on hold

An on-again, off-again trail project in Clinton is off again, and Island… Continue reading

Photo by Govinda Holtby
                                Birders look for birds to count on South Whidbey.
Bird counters needed

South Whidbey residents have the opportunity to help keep an eye on… Continue reading

Most Read