Firefighters with Clallam County Fire District No. 3 hose down the front of a home on Thornton Drive. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Fire destroys Dungeness home, sends two to hospital

SEQUIM — Two people were rescued from a burning home on Thornton Drive overlooking the Dungeness Spit.

The house at 20 Thornton Drive was declared a complete loss after the Friday blaze, which spewed flames and smoke seen as far away as Port Angeles.

The homeowner, Dorothy Saxton, 95, and her daughter, Donna Huizinga, were rescued by electricians working nearby, said Assistant Chief Dan Orr of Clallam County Fire District No. 3.

Saxton was taken to Olympic Medical Center and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was listed in serious condition as of Saturday afternoon.

Huizinga was treated on scene for smoke inhalation and later transported to OMC. She had been discharged by Saturday.

Firefighters found the single-story home ablaze when they arrived at the house at the intersection of Marine Drive and Thornton Drive at about 12:50 p.m.

Firefighters rescued a small dog from the fire.

The cause of the fire was unknown Friday, Orr said, adding that the investigation would continue.

Firefighters believe the blaze started in the back of the home, an older log cabin that’s been added to several times.

Firefighters with Clallam County Fire District No. 3 hose down the front of a home on Thornton Drive. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Smoke fills the sky from a house fire on Thornton Drive on Friday. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

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