Clallam County Fire District 3 firefighters receive instruction before reentering a home on July 14 on the 1000 block of West Palo Verde Loop, where a fire started in a bathroom. Its cause is under investigation. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Clallam County Fire District 3 firefighters receive instruction before reentering a home on July 14 on the 1000 block of West Palo Verde Loop, where a fire started in a bathroom. Its cause is under investigation. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Firefighters stop fire in a Sequim home’s bathroom

Clallam County Fire District 3 contained a house fire to one room on Wednesday morning near West Spruce Street.

Firefighters responded at 9:51 a.m. on July 14 to the 1000 block of West Palo Verde Loop, where they saw smoke coming from the single-story residence, District 3 Assistant Chief Dan Orr reported.

Once inside, firefighters stopped the fire in a bathroom before spreading into a garage and home full of belongings, he said.

Firefighters were unable to access the house from the back, Orr said, because the yard was overgrown.

Cause of the fire appears to be discarded smoking material, Orr reported, and damages to the home exceed $30,000.

As routine, firefighters were sprayed with water after accessing the house due to coming into contact with old housing insulation, Orr said.

He added that crews ventilated the house with a large fan while Clallam PUD officials secured the electricity to the home.

Residents were outside when firefighters arrived and were uninjured with the American Red Cross was contacted to assist them, he said.

Sequim Police Department and Olympic Ambulance also arrived on scene along with career and volunteer firefighters, PUD officials and the Red Cross.

As routine, Clallam County Fire District 3 firefighters are hosed off after entering a home where they come into contact with old housing insulation. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

As routine, Clallam County Fire District 3 firefighters are hosed off after entering a home where they come into contact with old housing insulation. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Firefighters on July 14 access a home on the 1000 block of West Palo Verde Loop to make sure a fire is extinguished. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Firefighters on July 14 access a home on the 1000 block of West Palo Verde Loop to make sure a fire is extinguished. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

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