Posts Tagged ‘house fire’

Former South Whidbey High School football coach Mark Hodson.

A Whidbey Island gridiron legend and his family are in need.

Mark Hodson, a South Whidbey High School social studies teacher, led the Falcon football program to great success through two tours of duty.

Sunday, he and his family returned from a day at the lake to find their Freeland home a complete loss after a fire.

The Hodson home on Spinnaker Drive was fully involved when firefighters from multiple departments arrived on scene.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS reported neighbors “were actively using garden hoses to help as much as possible.”

Firefighters from South and Central Whidbey stations used interior and exterior extinguishment tactics to keep the fire from spreading to nearby houses, but the Hodson home was a complete loss.

With the family gone, no one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Friends of the Hodson’s have set up a GoFundMe to help the family of six, which has been left with little more than the clothes on their backs.

To help out, pop over to:


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SarahRose Bernhardt, Coupeville legend. (All photos property SarahRose Bernhardt)

One of Coupeville’s best and brightest is in need of help.

SarahRose Bernhardt, a top scholar, actress, and cheerleader during her days as a Wolf, graduated from CHS in 2004, then from the University of Washington in 2008.

The daughter of Jug and Lisa Bernhardt, she returned to her home Tuesday to find it on fire.

While the Bellevue Fire Department arrived on scene quickly, SarahRose and boyfriend David Tschetter lost almost everything in the blaze.

One bright spot was that the couple’s beloved dog, Baker, was with SarahRose at the time, and came away unhurt.

Bernhardt’s house after Tuesday’s fire.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough,” Bernhardt said in a note on Facebook.

“I am beyond grateful that no one was home. David, Baker, and I are all safe and figuring out next steps.

“Our possessions may be gone, but our memories of this beautiful house will always remain.”

During her CHS days, Bernhardt did just about everything.

She was a member of the Hi Q Academic Quiz Bowl team, served as a school board representative, participated in the Learning Partner program, and was a group leader for Honor Society.

Bernhardt was also a tutor, an active volunteer in the community, and a team leader for the Wolf cheer squad.

In recent years, Bernhardt has embraced her love of dance, bringing joy and inspiration to countless people through her work with Barre3 Bellevue and Daybreaker Seattle.

As she and her family try to regroup, friends have set up a GoFundMe to help SarahRose, David, and Baker, which you can find here:


Can you say no to helping Baker? I think not.

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