200k Damage in New Year’s Fire at Apartments South of Everett

January 1, 2013

Everett Fire

Hampton Court fire

More than a dozen people were displaced. photo credit Leslie Hynes FD1

Leslie Hynes of Fire District 1 has the details on a New Year’s Fire that displaced more than a dozen people early this morning…

Two residents were evaluated for smoke inhalation at an early-morning apartment fire south of Everett that caused more than $200,000 damage and displaced 14 people.

Residents of the Hampton Court apartments in the 11200 block of 9th Pl. W reported the fire in a two-story, four-unit building at 2:52 a.m.

“A 20-year-old man discovered the fire on the back deck of the second-floor apartment he shares with his mother. He woke his mother and a guest. The guest used a fire extinguisher, but the fire was too big for him to fight,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1. “Flames from the deck had already spread to the roof and attic when firefighters arrived.”

All residents safely exited the building. A woman and a teenage boy, who both attempted to enter the burning building, were evaluated at the scene for exposure to smoke. The teenager was transported by aid unit to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett for further evaluation and treatment.

More than 25 firefighters from Fire District 1, Mukilteo and Lynnwood responded and had the fire under control in about 30 minutes. “They kept the fire from spreading to other units in the building,” Hynes said.

Firefighters searching the building located three cats that survived in the apartment where the fire started.

The apartment where the fire started was heavily damaged. The roof will also need to be replaced. Residents of all four units in the building will be displaced until repairs can be made. Some may be able to relocate to vacant units in the same apartment complex. None of the residents have insurance. Red Cross responded to provide assistance.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office. Investigators are looking at two possible causes: smoking materials or an electrical appliance that may been in use on the deck prior to the fire.

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