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Leslie Hynes
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 South County Fire

Roof fire at Hilltop Elementary School causes $40,000 damage

Post Date:07/25/2017 10:49 AM
A roof fire at Hilltop Elementary School east of Lynnwood last night caused more than $40,000 damage.

The fire was reported at 11:33 p.m. by a neighbor who was woken by a loud boom and saw 5-foot flames and sparks coming from the roof of the school in the 20400 block of Damson Road. “Firefighters at our Hilltop Fire Station 22 across the street from the school also heard the loud boom, but couldn’t see anything amiss from their vantage point. A couple minutes later, they were dispatched to the fire at the school,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.

The fire was contained to a small area of roof overhang on the south side of the cafeteria and did not extend inside the building. Firefighters from Fire Districts 1 and 7, Lynnwood and Bothell responded. No one was injured.

An investigator from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire started in an evergreen shrub near the building and extended into the wooden roof overhang. “Fortunately, the wall behind the shrub is brick, which likely limited fire damage,” Hynes said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The investigator noted evidence of fireworks use in a school courtyard and the initial 911 call mentioned fireworks in the area.

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