Hope fire crews battled structure fire on Silver Skagit Road

Former resident said building, now abandoned, as built in the 1920s or 30s

Firefighters battled a blaze Thursday afternoon, in an abandoned log house on Silver Skagit Road close to the crossing with Flood Hope Road.

Six Hope Fire Department members worked on the fire, which Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy said began within the building and spread to surrounding trees.

The firefighters started by putting out the fire in the trees, to avoid it spreading. DeSorcy said there was no danger to surrounding buildings, at 6 p.m. he reported via Facebook that the fire had been put out.

Former resident of the building Jeff Shauer said it was a shame to see the home in flames, a house where many memories were made.

“I loved that building. My son was conceived in there, he’s 14. That lilac bush right there, I planted that when he was coming,” he said, pointing two bushes dangerously close to the blazing house.

When he lived in the building, he saw carvings into the wood inside the home all the way back to the 1940s. He added the building had been abandoned for several years, only inhabited by people squatting there.

“I think it was the 20s or 30s when it was built, that would have still been the highway,” Shauer said, referencing the time when the Old Hope Princeton Highway ran past these log homes.

“It’s too bad, because they were neat little old cabins.”


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