New Year’s Eve Fatal Fire Update

January 1, 2016

Everett, Everett Fire

Editor’s Update 12:30 PM New Year’s Day on Fatal Fire at the Bluffs apartments 2 W. Casino Road:

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Residents begin moving their items out.

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A look at the front side.

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The fire moved from west to east burning 7 units.

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The fire was extremely stubborn once it got into the attic.

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Another look at the backside.

Assistant Everett Fire Marshal Eric Hicks provided the following update to

1 person died in the fire. Crews discovered the body in a hallway outside of a bedroom in the apartment where the fire is believed to have started.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Neighbors, arriving fire crews and police officers conducted several rescues as the fire took off.

15 people were hurt with injuries ranging from minor to critical. At least 3 people were transported to Harborview Hospital in Seattle with others taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. There are no updates on the condition of those transported.

The building contained 30 apartments. Seven suffered fire damage and 23 suffered smoke and water damage. Hicks estimates the damage will be in the seven figure range.

At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined. Investigators were on scene all night and worked until 12 Noon. Due to extreme amount of fire damage in the area of origin, the cause may never be known.

Approximately 100 people were displaced and are being helped by the Red Cross. Citizens used the internet and social media to organize clothing drives and delivered items to the victims who were sheltered in a nearby church as well as the Fred Meyer parking lot.

No word if there is a central coordinated effort for donations. We’ll let you know if we hear of one.

Residents are being allowed in to some of the water damaged units and moving items out of their apartments today.

The above photos of the building were taken this morning. Click to enlarge.

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