The abandoned church located on the 2200 block of 88th St. SE in Lake Stevens.
Smoke could be seen across the lake last Wednesday, May 19 as firefighters fought a fire that had taken over an abandoned church building on the 2200 block of 88th St. SE, just inside of the Lake Stevens city limits.
Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at approximately 4 p.m. and found much of the building engulfed in flames.
“It’s apparently a Christian Center of some type,” Lake Stevens Fire District Battalion Chief Dave Lingenfelter said. “It is at the dead end of a residential neighborhood. When we arrived, half of the building had flames.”
As crews tried to put out the flames on the 4,000 square foot space, they realized that the building also included a basement.
“There is very little fire load in the form of contents. Most of it was all open. No furnishings per se, no sheetrock or even drywall,” Lake Stevens Fire District Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire.
“We’ve determined where the fire started, but have not determined the cause. The investigation is still ongoing,” Marshall said. “I believe the insurance company is going to bring in their own investigator.”
Firefighters from Lake Stevens, Granite Falls, Getchell and Snohomish were called to the scene.
“We had great assistance from all over Snohomish County,” Lingenfelter said. “There were probably about 25 firefighters on the scene throughout the event.”
It took firefighters under an hour to douse the flames, however it was over a four-hour fire by the time clean-up was complete.
If you have information contact the Lake Stevens Fire District at 425-212-3042.