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2020 12 23 AFD Structure Fire1
Dramatic flames illuminated the nighttime sky Tuesday night as fire destroyed a long-abandoned Anacortes home.

2020 1223 AFD fire2The Anacortes Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 3900 block of H Avenue at approximately 10:15 pm Tuesday evening. Initial units on scene arrived to find an abandoned three-story residential structure well-involved in fire.  

Crews initiated defensive tactics, fighting the fire from outside the structure which was unsafe to enter and a total loss on arrival. Dramatic flames illuminated the nighttime sky as firefighters deployed hose streams, both from the ground and the department’s ladder truck, to attack fire and protect surrounding structures. The truck’s ladder reaches 105 feet with a nozzle capable of flowing water at a rate of 1000 gallons per minute.

The Anacortes Fire Department, along with firefighters and apparatus from Fire Districts 11 and 13, brought the fire under control within 90 minutes. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

Crews remained on scene throughout the night and into the morning, performing mop-up and fire watch. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Photos provided by Anacortes Fire Department. Thanks.

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