Authorities are investigating what started a deadly fire in Skagit County Saturday morning. While officials have yet to confirm deaths or injuries, a sheriff's spokesperson said "not all persons...are accounted for."
Five people, including a mother and children, were reportedly inside a home in the 13000 block of Bayview Road when the fire broke out early Saturday morning.
When firefighters arrived, a house was fully engulfed in flames.
“We could see the glow as we stepped out the door,” said Doug Peterson, a man who lives two doors down. “The whole front of the house was engulfed in flames – just total flames – as high as the roof and beyond. I just knew looking at it right then. This is not a survivable fire.”
Firefighters from several departments battled the blaze until dawn.
The neighbor, who also happens to be a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Bayview Fire Department, got a page at 2:30 Saturday morning telling him his neighbor’s home was on fire. Peterson said he met the owners briefly when they moved into the house in the spring.
Officials closed roads near the home to traffic for more than 14 hours.
Fire investigators were expected to return back to the scene Sunday morning. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has also joined the investigation.
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