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Ferndale fire death investigated as homicide

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Ferndale fire death investigated as homicide

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

Ferndale Police are looking for several ‘people of interest’ after woman is found dead in a New Year’s Day fire.

The fire broke out in a home on Rural Avenue around 10:00 p.m.

The fire was discovered by a passing border patrol agent.

Firefighters found a body inside identified on Friday as 23-year-old Mindy Rhoads.

The Whatcom County Medical Examiner says she died from smoke inhalation.

Rhoads did not live in the house.

Ferndale Police believe someone started the fire on purpose, but haven’t released any other details.

No arrests have been made.