By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
According to Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Heather Chadwick, a residential fire in the 18600 block of 65th Avenue SE northwest of Maltby displaced three residents on Thursday afternoon, July 22, 2021.
It seems that the fire started on the back deck of the house, but it quickly spread.
“Upon arrival, responders found the back deck to be fully involved with flames extending to the attic of the home,” Chadwick reported.
She went on to say, “Fire crews from Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue, South County Fire, Woodinville Fire, and Snohomish District 4 worked to extinguish the fast moving fire.”
The lack of nearby fire hydrants made firefighting operations very difficult. They had to use multiple water tenders as their source of water as they fought the fire from inside and outside the house.
They were forced to evacuate the house due to increased fire danger and the roof collapsed soon after they were all out.
No firefighter or resident injuries were reported, although one of the family’s two pets was unaccounted for as of Thursday afternoon.
Chadwick said, “The home is a complete loss. A family of three was displaced by the fire.”
The Snohomish County Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating the fire’s cause.
1-800-Board-Up assisted with securing the home after the fire was out.
Firefighters on roof and front of house. Photo courtesy of Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue.