Kurt Nottingham and Paige Jenkins live in the apartment above where the fire started. “Flames were coming up and around and well over our balcony,” said Nottingham. “Our bedroom is right above where the fire was and I could hear the popping and crackling,” Jenkins added. “We sleep with our window open and that’s what alerted us to the fire.” Quick action by Nottingham and Jenkins likely saved the building and the lives of those inside. While Nottingham grabbed a small fire extinguisher from inside the apartment and started to attack the blaze on their deck, Jenkins went out the front door to get a fire extinguisher mounted on the wall outside. “I tried to break the glass to get the fire extinguisher out but I couldn’t so I ran back into the apartment and got my can opener to break the glass and get the extinguisher,” said Jenkins. She then went downstairs and around the back to fight the flames as Nottingham pulled the fire alarm and got their daughters and dogs out. He then helped her fight the fire which they were able to knock down. When asked why he used a small fire extinguisher to try to stop the fire instead of just running out Nottingham said, “How are you going to run when your family, the whole building is at risk? Bottom line, we were fortunate.”
A day earlier, Nottingham and Jenkins had just signed a lease for another year at the complex. Anyone who may have information about either fire is asked to call the Everett Police Tip Line at 425-257-8450.