An early morning blaze at Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Mountlake Terrace was likely caused by “smoking materials,” and did an estimated $300,000 damage to the church, Fire District 1 said in a news release.
According to Fire District 1, units from Snohomish County Fire District 1 assisted by the City of Lynnwood brought the two-alarm fire under control at the church, located at 21428-44th Ave. W., in about an hour. The fire heavily damaged two large meeting rooms.
Investigators from Fire District 1, Mountlake Terrace Police, Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms determined that the fire was caused by smoking materials discarded into a plastic container,” said Jerry Sheehan, Fire District 1 Battalion Chief and Health and Safety Officer.
The fire was reported around 3:25 a.m., with heavy flames showing when firefighters arrived. One Lynnwood firefighter sustained minor injuries from falling debris, and was taken to a hospital for evaluation as a precaution.
Police closed 44th Avenue West closed until about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. Mountlake Terrace High School, located about a block away, cancelled all zero-period classes as they thought students and staff might be delayed in getting to the school Wednesday.