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'Flash' fire guts La Conner home

A bright, sunny picture-postcard afternoon in La Conner turned tragic when a house on N. Fifth Street was destroyed by a fast-burning fire whose noxious smoke blackened the sky as it wafted across town.

Tony and Jane Mitchell, members of the La Conner Firefighters Association, lost their home June 19 to a blaze that raged through their garage and into the house, sending flames shooting out from the walls and roof.

A Mini Cooper in the garage was destroyed and a Volkswagen sedan on the driveway was badly damaged.

The couple and their dogs were able to flee quickly and escaped serious injury wit...


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