Update: The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire was accidental and caused by smoking materials. The fire began in the bedroom where the victim’s body was found. Damage to the home is estimated at $300,000.
Fire District 7 would like to remind all residents to use extreme caution with smoking materials. The National Fire Protection Association offers the following safety tips to prevent smoking related tragedies: Always be alert. Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table. Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that. Check under furniture cushions and in other places people smoke for cigarette butts that may have fallen out of sight. Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used. If you smoke, choose fire-safe cigarettes. They are less likely to cause fires. Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach. In addition, Fire District 7 would like to remind residents to make sure they have working smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Original release: At 12:19 a.m. on Dec. 8, Snohomish County Fire District 7 responded to reports of smoke and flames coming from a home in the 1900 block of 172nd Place SE in unincorporated Snohomish County. While responding, crews were notified that neighbors believed one occupant was still inside. Upon arrival, crews found smoke and flames coming from the home. As crews conducted a preliminary search of the 2nd story, they found a deceased female in a bedroom. There was no one else in the home at the time of the fire.
“A tragedy like this affects the whole community,” said Fire Chief Richard Eastman. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends that lost a loved one today.”
The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Overall, approximately 23 fire personnel responded from Fire District 7.