NEWS FROM FIRE DISTRICT 1
Public Information Officer
Stubborn fire damages home near Lake Ballinger
The fire was reported at 5:22 a.m. at a single-story home in the 23100 block of 75th Pl. W. Firefighters were told 4 or 5 people were inside the house when the fire started and all got out safely. An Edmonds police officer rescued a cat from inside the burning home.
Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 and Lynnwood Fire Department responded. More than 25 firefighters were on the scene at the peak of the fire. It took about an hour for firefighters to get the fire under control. “Firefighters were challenged by a huge wood pile next to the house. The large volume of contents inside the house also made it difficult for firefighters to get to the flames,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire and emergency medical services in the City of Edmonds.
Firefighters had to break through a tile roof to get to fire in the attic. They also had to call in a backhoe to break up the smoldering wood pile to get to all the hot spots.
Fire investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire, but it appears it started on the outside of the home, then spread through the eaves into the attic.