No one was injured in a fire on the 1700 block of Wesport Highway in South Aberdeen, as residents from two homes were able to escape a two-alarm fire just after midnight, Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard.
Two residents escaped the fire that did “significant damage” to the first house, garage, a car and a motor home. The fire then spread to a second home next door, damaging an exterior wall and a section of the attic.
Officer Jason Capps, of the Aberdeen Police Department, safely evacuated the large family in the second residence and an elderly couple in a small mother-in-law apartment connected to the house by a breezeway while firefighters from Aberdeen and Hoquiam fought the fire, Hubbard said. The mother-in-law apartment was not damaged, he said.
Firefighters placed salvage tarps throught the first floor of the second second house to limit damage from fire and smoke.
“We saved that (second) house, it was really good work, an excellect collaborative effort,” he said.
A total of 24 firefighters helped extinguish the fire, both he and Assistant Chief Rich Malizia were on scene.
This is the second two-alarm fire in Aberdeen within a week. A mother and daughter lost their lives in the a fire last Friday which completely destroyed a home on Arnold Hill.
The origin and cause of both fires are “undetermined and still under investigation,” Hubbard said Friday.
Hubbard urged residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors to provide early warning, with a minimum of one on every level of the structure.
“Call five people and have them call five people they know (to remind them),” he suggested.
Test them once a month and when they are chirping, replace the battery. If they still chirp after installation of a new one, it’s time for a new smoke detector, he said. Smoke detectors should be replaced once every 10 years, he added.