Vehicle Fire in Bellingham, Washington

Shortly before 4pm, on June 18th, the Bellingham, Washington Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire with exposures in the 800 block of W. Illinois St.


Shortly before 4pm, on June 18th, the Bellingham, Washington Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire with exposures in the 800 block of W. Illinois St.

Engnine 51 arrived first to find a fully involved VW mini-bus in the driveway next to a residence.

A 5" supply line and 1 1/2" attack lines were stretched and the fire was quickly knocked down.

Leaking gasoline fueled a stubborn fire under the vehicle, which required a dry chemical extinguisher to put out.

Other companies responding to this call were Engines 55 and 56, all under the command of Battalion Chief Ron Morehouse.

Firefighters also checked the house for extention and put down absorbent pads to soak up the leaking gas from the vehicle.

The owner of the mini-bus said that he was working on replacing the rear brakes when he noticed flames in the interior of the vehicle.

Despite the total loss of the vehicle and charring of a utility pole from the intensity of the flames, no one was injured in this fire.