A woman and her young daughter were evaluated for smoke inhalation at an emergency room after escaping through a window when fire broke out in their rental home early on the morning of Feb. 25.
Fire dispatchers received multiple calls around 12:30 a.m. reporting smoke coming from the split-level house in the 5600 block of 134th Pl. SE in unincorporated Snohomish County near Silver Firs.
Another renter, a man, and his girlfriend, who was visiting at the time of the fire, safely exited the house after a smoke alarm sounded. “He told firefighters the woman and her daughter were already at the window and he helped them get out,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.
The woman and her daughter were transported by firefighters to Swedish/Mill Creek Emergency Room as a precaution, Hynes said.
Another woman also lived at the house, but was at work at the time of the fire.
Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire Districts 1 and 7 responded and had the fire under control within 15 minutes. “They kept the fire contained to the living room area, but there was heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the upper level of the home,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Fire District 1.
The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire was most likely started in an overheated electrical outlet that was being used to power a space heater in the living room. The investigator estimated damages will total more than $125,000.
The fire left the house uninhabitable. The renters did not have insurance and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
“A fire at this time of the morning could very easily have resulted in a loss of life without smoke alarms to wake the residents,” Hynes said.
Fire District 1 offers these tips to keep smoke alarms in working order:
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Replace batteries in smoke alarms twice a year. An easy way to remember is to change the batteries when you change your clocks to or from Daylight Savings Time. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
- Smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced. Aging smoke alarms are unreliable and often are the source of nuisance alarms.
- Make sure you have smoke alarms where you need them. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom and hallway.