Investigation continues around oil-train derailment, fire in Custer, Whatcom County, Seattle Times ($)

By Elise Takahama , Ron Judd and Lynda V. Mapes • Dec. 22, 2020 at 12:46 pm | Updated Dec. 22, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Jenny Reich was preparing to open her glass shop in Custer, Whatcom County, on Tuesday afternoon when there was a loud noise and suddenly “everything was shaking.”

Reich, a longtime Custer resident, said she is so accustomed to the rumble that’s part of living close to a rail line that she doesn’t usually notice the trains anymore.

But this time, a plume of black smoke obscured the view from her window. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene. And shortly after, Reich was advised to evacuate her business, Whimsy Art Glass. She grabbed her wallet, keys and dog and hit the road. MORE>>