Family near Stanwood displaced by log-home fire

No one was hurt, but it took four hours to put the fire out.

STANWOOD — A stubborn fire in a log home has displaced a family of six south of Stanwood.

Flames broke out around 3:55 p.m. Monday in a bedroom of a single-story home in the 15000 block of 70th Street NW. Two adults and four teens escaped unhurt, North County Regional Fire Authority Chief John Cermak said. Two dogs and two cats were rescued.

“No one was hurt,” Cermak said. “That was the primary issue.”

A raised metal roof became a difficult obstacle for firefighters who were trying to extinguish flames in void spaces of the building. They would knock down the fire in the walls, but it kept flaring up again, Cermak said. They battled with three engines and three water tenders.

Finally, they cleared the scene after more than four hours. A fire watch remained behind to make sure the flames didn’t rekindle again.

The cause is being investigated by the county fire marshal’s office.

Damage was estimated at $100,000. The home is not habitable for now, Cermak said. The Red Cross was called in to help the family.

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