Sleeping Bag Fire Leads To Evacuation Of County Admin Building In Downtown Everett

September 8, 2017

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County Executive Dave Somers waits outside with his dog for the all-clear.

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Everett fire crews check out a woman who was slightly injured while evacuating.

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Employees return to work after smoke is cleared from the building

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A deputy speaks with a 47-year-old man who was detained after the fire.

A 47-year-old man was detained by Sheriff’s deputies after a fire in the Snohomish County Administration Building on Oakes in downtown Everett.

Fire alarms began sounding shortly after three o’clock this afternoon.

As people evacuated the building an employee saw smoke coming from a lower level restroom.

Upon entry there was a sleeping bag and tent on fire and nearby a pair of shoes. The fire was quickly put out but smoked drifted up several floors inside the building.

One woman suffered minor injuries while coming down a stairwell. She was checked out by firefighters from the Everett Fire Department.

It took about 30 minutes for firefighters to clear all of the smoke from the building and allow employees to return.

According to Shari Ireton from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office during the evacuation a deputy noticed a man just outside the area where the fire started.

He was leaning against a wall and was not wearing shoes. The deputy detained the man for questioning by fire investigators. He could face charges ranging from reckless burning to 1st degree arson.


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