The fire was reported just before 7:30 p.m. at a house in the 23400 block of 29th Ave. W by a neighbor returning home from work. “He saw flames coming from the side of the house. He alerted two adult residents and they safely exited the home. The rest of the family was away at the time of the fire,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.
Flames were visible at the south end of house when the first firefighters arrived from Brier Fire Station 18. Crews from Fire District 1 and Northshore Fire responded and had the fire under control in about 15 minutes.
Investigators determined the fire started outside in a garbage can next to the southwest corner of the house, but were unable to determine the cause. Flames ignited the siding, then spread into the attic.
Damage left the house uninhabitable. Support 7 responded to assist the residents. They have insurance and plan to stay with family members.