About half a dozen people safely escaped a fire that destroyed a home in unincorporated Snohomish County just northeast of Brier early Wednesday morning.
At about 2:15 a.m., dispatchers received multiple reports of flames coming from a two-story house in the 1800 block of 204th Place Southwest. “When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames and the fire had spread to two vehicles parked in the back yard,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1. Firefighters quickly called for a second alarm.
At the peak of the fire, about 32 firefighters were on the scene including crews from Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Bothell. No one inside the house nor firefighters battling the blaze were injured.
The man who rents the house told firefighters six to eight people were inside the house when the fire broke out. All made it out safely, but two dogs perished in the blaze. Red Cross and Support 7 are assisting the renter and two other occupants.
“Because the fire was so large and the structure was already so heavily damaged when firefighters arrived, it was unsafe for crews to enter and they had to fight the flames from the outside,” Hynes said. Firefighters had the fire under control in about 30 minutes, but were expected to remain on the scene throughout the morning to deal with hot spots, she said.
The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating how the fire started; the structure is a total loss.