In the dark hours of morning, after all the New Year’s celebrations had ended a fire broke out in an apartment building just south of Everett forcing 14 people and 3 cats out of their homes just before 3 a.m. Surely this is not the way that these families thought that they would start the new year. At this time it is not know if there were other pets in the small complex. So today, Jan. 1, 2013, the people and pets involved are still trying to recover from the frightening event.
The fire is thought to have started by either smoking materials or a small electrical appliance that was in use at the time that the first started on the deck of the 2nd floor apartment where the fire started. Investigators are still searching to find the exact cause of the fire. In the next few days we should know for sure what started the blaze but are no suspicions of foul play or arson.
At this time the fire has caused approximately $200,000 in damage to the complex. That, we can be sure, is nothing compared to the heart ache and fear felt by the 17 survivors. The cats will likely heal emotionally in time but are likely to always show a fear of sounds that are similar to smoke alarms from here on out. The humans involved may take a bit more time to heal.
Before fire fighters could arrive at the scene the fire had spread to the roof and attic areas. This complex in the 11200 block of 9th Place West will never be the same. Once the fire fighters had arrived it took only 30 minutes to get the fire under control and eventually out.
Luckily, all of the human occupants did make it out of the building safely. A female tenant and a teen boy did try to get back into the building after they had escaped the blaze and were treated for smoke inhalation. Everyone made it out safely, but a woman and teenage boy who tried to go back into the burning apartment building were treated for smoke inhalation. The Red Cross has stepped in to help provide temporary assistance for the displaced people and their pets.