South County Fire has released additional information about the two juveniles who died in a fire that engulfed a Lynnwood townhouse Sunday.
The victims found in the Lynnwood Townhouse apartments, in the 6700 block 196th Street Southwest, were siblings — a 15-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy — from Shoreline, said South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes. The two were visiting an adult male relative who lived in the complex with a woman and her 11-year-old son. The 11-year-old was reported to have escaped the fire but suffered from smoke inhalation. He was treated and released Sunday from Swedish Medical Hospital.
The boy, along with the woman and the man related to the two siblings, were outside the townhome when firefighters arrived, Hynes said. Both were uninjured.
Initial reports indicate that the adults were in the townhouse with the children when the fire broke out. Investigators are uncertain which room the fire started in, Hynes said. Two units next to where the fire occurred were damaged by smoke and water. About 15 residents were displaced as a result of the fire, and are being assisted by Support 7 and the Red Cross.
Hynes said the building where the fire broke — a two-story structure –has seven townhouses
One of the 45 firefighters who responded to the incident Sunday suffered a minor, undisclosed injury. He was treated and released from Swedish Edmonds Sunday.
Fire investigators — including representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — expected to complete their work Monday night but there is no timeline for determining the cause, Hynes said, noting the significant damage to the structure.
“There’s lots to sort through and lots to piece together,” she said.
A GoFundMe has been started for the family here.