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Leslie Hynes
Public Information Officer
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 South County Fire

Two injured, one dog dies in house fire north of Bothell

Post Date:08/13/2017 11:30 AM
fire 8-13-17 WTwo adults were injured and a dog died in an early morning house fire north of Bothell.

The fire was reported just before 6 a.m. at a single-story home in the 21200 block of 1st Avenue W in unincorporated Snohomish County. Six people were in the house at the time of the fire: a man and a woman, her teenage son and three of his friends, all teenage boys. All were asleep when the fire started. One of the houseguests told firefighters he woke up and discovered the fire. He alerted the others. The boys safely exited through the front door. The couple climbed out a bedroom window.

The man and the woman both inhaled smoke as they escaped. They were transported by firefighters to an area hospital. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Both were treated and released by early afternoon. The woman’s son was evaluated by firefighters at the scene for exposure to smoke. There were no other injuries.

“The first 911calls reported large flames coming from the house. When the first firefighters arrived, the back of the house was engulfed and the fire was through the roof,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.

Firefighters from Fire Districts 1 and 7, Lynnwood and Bothell responded. Fire conditions and the threat of structural collapse made it unsafe for firefighters to enter the home so they attacked the fire from the outside. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

Damage is estimated at $285,000. An investigator for the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office determined this was an accidental fire that started in a laundry room at the rear of the house. Destruction of the laundry room was so severe that the investigator was unable to determine the exact cause of the fire.

The fire left the home uninhabitable and displaced four residents: the couple injured in the fire, the woman’s son and her daughter, who was away at the time of the fire. Support 7 and Red Cross have been contacted to assist the family.

“No one reported hearing a smoke alarm. We’re just fortunate someone woke up in time and everyone got out of the house, but it’s best not to leave that to chance. Smoke alarms are your early-warning system to give you time to get out quickly,” Hynes said.

Fire District 1 offers these smoke alarm safety tips:
• Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
• Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.


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