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  • FD1 voices support for countywide fireworks ban

    Commissioners of the largest fire district in Snohomish County are voicing support for a countywide ban on fireworks.

    The Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution calling for the county to ban the sale and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated areas. Fire District 1 serves nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

    Two of the municipalities served by Fire District 1 – Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace – already ban fireworks. The discharge of fireworks is legal on July 4 in the remainder of Fire District 1’s service area.

    Since 2005, fireworks have been responsible for a total of more than $3.25 million in property loss in Fire District 1, displacing 15 households from homes and apartments.

    “This is unacceptable. Every year we have citizens tells us they’re afraid to leave their homes on July 4 because of all the fireworks going off in their neighborhoods. A ban will restore their sense of security, reduce injuries and cut property losses,” Chan said.

    He noted the district supports a ban that would apply only to private fireworks use, and would still allow for professional displays. “Those who think it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks could attend a public display put on by trained professionals,” Chan said. “That’s the safest way to enjoy fireworks.”

    Fire District 1 is encouraging other fire districts in the county to pass similar resolutions asking the Snohomish County Council to ban all fireworks except professional displays.

    Banning fireworks can be an effective method for reducing fireworks injuries and property loss, said Fire Chief Ed Widdis. “Bans in Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds have been effective in reducing our call volumes, property loss and injuries.”
    Typically, Fire District 1’s call load in the unincorporated area more than doubles on July 4. To help handle the heavy volume of fireworks-related 9-1-1 calls expected on the holiday, two additional engine companies will be in service on July 4. “This will supplement the around-the-clock staffing we regularly provide at 12 fire stations in south Snohomish County,” Widdis said.


  • Fire at abandoned house near Martha Lake was arson

    Investigators from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office have determined a fire on June 5 at an abandoned house in the Martha Lake area was intentionally set.

    Just before 7 p.m., firefighters returning from another emergency call spotted a column of black smoke coming from the neighborhood just east of Martha Lake and went to investigate. About the same time, 911 dispatchers started receiving calls about smoke in the area. Firefighters followed the smoke and located a fire at an abandoned house in the 16000 block of 2nd Pl. W. “The house was engulfed in flames and the fire had spread to a detached garage,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.

    The house and garage were already so heavily damage that it was too dangerous for firefighters to enter the structures. They attacked the fire from the outside and had the flames under control within about 25 minutes. Firefighters from Fire Districts 1 and 7 responded. No one was injured.

    The vacant house was slated to be torn down to make way for a housing development. Damage is estimated at $20,000.

    The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s office is heading up the arson investigation. Investigators are asking anyone with information that may help in the investigation to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at (425) 388-3557 or call 1-800-55-ARSON. There is a reward of up to $10,000 from the Arson Alarm Foundation for information leading to the arrest and criminal conviction of the persons responsible for the fire.


  • Fire causes $200,000 damage to commercial building in Mountlake Terrace

    Fire investigators believe a hand-tool battery charger sparked an early-morning fire that caused more than $200,000 damage to a commercial building in Mountlake Terrace on May 18.

    Firefighters were dispatched after police reported smoke coming from a two-level building in the 21700 block of Highway 99 about 1:30 a.m. “There was smoke throughout the building when firefighters arrived,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire service in the City of Mountlake Terrace.

    Firefighters from Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Shoreline responded to the fire. It took about 20 minutes for crews to locate and extinguish the fire. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. There were no injuries.

    The fire stated on the lower level of the building in a shop that repairs and installs vehicle wheelchair lifts. The fire caused limited structural damage, but there was smoke damage throughout the building. All parties have insurance.

Media Contact

Leslie Hynes
Public Information Officer
Office: (425) 551-1243

After-hours media contact number for emergency incidents in the Fire District 1 service area (unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace):
(425) 754-7273

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