BURLINGTON — An early morning fire Sunday destroyed a Burlington warehouse and at least two homes.

The fire broke out about about 2:30 a.m. in the 300 block of North Oak Street in Burlington near the intersection of Avon Avenue, Burlington Fire Chief Levon Yengoyan said.

Burlington police were the first to arrive and evacuated 12 people from three residences, Yengoyan said.

“There was quite a significant amount of involvement by the time our crews got there,” he said.

Crews arrived and attempted to extinguish the blaze, but the flames had already spread to the nearby warehouse, Yengoyan said.

No one was injured in the blaze, but at least two of the houses and the warehouse were destroyed, Yengoyan said.

Business owner Grant Reuter said he was awoken by police officers who told him of the blaze. He has operated his company, which builds industrial fans, at the warehouse for 25 years.

Although that building was destroyed, Reuter said he has additional business space in a neighboring warehouse.

Because of an agreement with the Mount Vernon Fire Department, the Mount Vernon fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, which is expected to have started in the outdoor common area of the three houses, Yengoyan said.

Crews from Skagit County fire districts 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 14, as well as the Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon fire departments, responded to the blaze.

“We had an incredible response from our neighbors,” Yengoyan said.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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