Hodges Building, Scene of Fatal Everett Fire, Condemned by City of Everett on November 20th

Hodges apt. fire

flames shoot out 4th floor window in this photo submitted by a resident of the Hodges

City of Everett Public Information Director Meghan Pembroke told MyEverettNews.com this afternoon that the Hodges building, which was the scene of a fatal fire early this morning had been issued a condemnation notice on November 20th. “The owner had until December 20th to fix problems associated with a staircase to make it safer in the event of a fire,” said Pembroke. “He was in the process of complying with that request and people were allowed to be living in the Hodges building.”

Pembroke went on to say that the condemnation does not appear to have any relation to the fire but now that the power, water and gas are shut off to the building residents will only be allowed to remove property and not be able to move back in until issues with the utilities are resolved. The Everett Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing residents shelter and assisting with other needs of those displaced.

Everett Police Spokesman Aaron Snell told MyEverettNews.com “The fire and death investigation is separate and distinct from the current condemnation of the building.” The Snohomish County Medical Examiner has taken custody of the person who died and will determine cause and manner of death. Snell asked that anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911 or the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at (425) 257-8450. There currently is no damage estimate or cause given for how the fire started.

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