Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Judd And Black Store In Everett

September 22, 2018

Everett Fire

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This year marked the 78th anniversary of Judd & Black in Everett.

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Smoke pours from beneath the Judd & Black sign.

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Smoke pours from a vent on the Maple side of the building.

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Firefighters work at the back side of the building.

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Ladder trucks on Maple.

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Flames shoot through the roof.

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A view of the back of the building.

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Crews from Marysville and Everett during the initial offensive attack.

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The fire was extremely intense.

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Two and a half hours in three ladders were still pouring water on the fire.

The Judd and Black flagship store that has been run by three generations of the Long family at Hewitt and Maple in Everett was destroyed in a two-alarm fire Friday night.

Shortly after 7:30 PM fire was reported coming from the back corner of the building. A column of smoke was reported in the area by arriving fire crews.

The initial attack was offensive with firefighters from Everett and Marysville targeting an area where there was an outbuilding attached to the rear of the warehouse.

Fire was quickly spreading along the roof and smoke was pouring out of the vents. Flames broke through the roof at the rear of the building and a second alarm was called and firefighters switched to a defensive attack.

Additional crews from other departments as well as off duty firefighters were called back in to staff stations around the city.

The fire raged for almost three hours with the east wall of the building collapsing at one point.

The building and contents were believed to be a total loss.

Everett Fire crews will be at the scene all night putting out hot spots. There were no injuries.

Investigators are on scene but are not expected to be able to enter the building until sometime Saturday morning.

Judd and Black began operating in Everett in 1940. It was started by Wayne Judd and he was later joined by Don Black. Bob Long went to work for the two and later purchased the store and kept the Judd and Black name.

Here are some MyEverettNews.com photos from the fire scene. Click photo to enlarge.



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