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  • Edmonds house fire causes $400,000 damage

    Unattended cooking is being blamed for a fire that caused more than $400,000 damage and displaced a couple from their Edmonds home on Nov. 18.

    Dispatchers received multiple calls reporting the fire at the single-story house in the 22500 block of 93rd Pl. W at around 12:30 p.m. A man and his dog were inside the house at the time of fire and safely exited. The man was exposed to smoke. He was evaluated by medics, but did not require medical treatment. His wife was at work at the time of the fire.

    “Much of the house was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire service in the City of Edmonds.

    Firefighters from Fire District 1 and Lynnwood responded. They had the bulk of the fire knocked down in about 15 minutes. Firefighters remained at the house until around 2:15 p.m. to deal with hot spots.

    The house is a total loss. The homeowners have insurance. Red Cross responded and is assisting the couple.

    Fire investigators determined the fire started in the kitchen where food had been left cooking unattended on the stovetop.
    Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fire District 1 offers these tips to prevent cooking fires:

    • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
    • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
    • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
    • If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
    • Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time.
    • If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of your home. Call the fire department from outside. 


  • Family displaced by Brier house fire

    No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $60,000 damage and displaced five adults and two children from their home in Brier on Nov. 12.

    The fire was reported just before 7:30 p.m. at a house in the 23400 block of 29th Ave. W by a neighbor returning home from work. “He saw flames coming from the side of the house. He alerted two adult residents and they safely exited the home. The rest of the family was away at the time of the fire,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.

    Flames were visible at the south end of house when the first firefighters arrived from Brier Fire Station 18. Crews from Fire District 1 and Northshore Fire responded and had the fire under control in about 15 minutes.

    Investigators determined the fire started outside in a garbage can next to the southwest corner of the house, but were unable to determine the cause. Flames ignited the siding, then spread into the attic.

    Damage left the house uninhabitable. Support 7 responded to assist the residents. They have insurance and plan to stay with family members.


  • Woman injured in house fire east of Lynnwood

    A 43-year-old woman was seriously injured in a fire at her home east of Lynnwood on Nov. 10.

    The fire was reported at 6:47 a.m. at a single-story house in the 1900 block of 199th Pl SW in unincorporated Snohomish County east of Lynnwood.  The injured woman was transported by medic unit to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and has been transferred to Harborview Medical Center. The woman’s three children – ages 5, 9 and 13 – and an adult male were also home at the time of the fire and safely exited the home.

    Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 and Lynnwood Fire Department quickly knocked down the flames and kept the fire contained to the living room.

    Investigators from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s determined the fire started in the living room as the woman refueled a kerosene space heater with gasoline. They believe the gasoline fumes ignited and flashed when the woman used a lighter to light the heater. The woman told investigators she attempted to smother the flames with a blanket, but the blanket caught fire and the flames spread.

    Investigators estimate damages to the home will total more than $35,000. Although fire damage was minimal, heavy smoke damage left the house uninhabitable.  Red Cross is assisting the residents, who were renting the house and have no insurance.

    • Nationally, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Fire District 1 offers these steps to prevent heating-related fires:
    • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
    • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, portable space heater and electric baseboard or wall units. Remember that many electric baseboard heaters can be turned down, but do not turn off. These units will heat up automatically when the room temperature drops below the thermostat temperature setting.
    • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
    • Never use your oven to heat your home.
    • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
    • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
    • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.


  • Firefighters join students in CPR/AED flash mobs

    Students at Mountlake Terrace High School join a flash mob to promote hands-only CPR and AED use.

    Would you know what to do if someone suddenly collapsed?

    That’s the question high school students in the Edmonds School District were asked during a series of AED/CPR flash mobs held at assemblies over the past two weeks.
    The events were organized by the Heart of Edmonds School District & Community Heart Safe Project, founded by Melinda Truax, whose 16-year-old son Matthew collapsed on the Meadowdale High School track and died from sudden cardiac arrest last fall.

    During school assemblies, Fire District 1 firefighters and local law enforcement officers joined students in the flash mobs performing hands-only CPR to the tune of Stayin’ Alive. The goal is to educate students and the community about how they can help save a life with CPR and an automated external defibrillator.

    The Heart of Edmonds School District & Community Heart Safe Project is raising funds to equip every public school and community field in the Edmonds School District with AEDs, training, and proper emergency plan for sudden cardiac arrest. You can learn more at

  • Fire District 1 welcomes 12 new firefighters

    Twelve firefighters recently completed orientation and joined the ranks of Snohomish County Fire District 1 (from left): John Dorsey, Boris Fayerberg, Brandon Dumas, Kyle Almeida, Jennifer Turner, Jason Mathews, Alexandru Tonu, Chris Burt, Alexander Johnson, Justin Pickens, Andrew McLaurin and Todd Smith.

    Snohomish County Fire District 1 recently welcomed 12 new firefighters to its ranks:

    • Kyle Almeida, an Air Force veteran.
    • Chris Burt, previously with Snohomish County Fire District 17 in Granite Falls.
    • John Dorsey, an Army Veteran, previously with Pinal County Regional Fire in Arizona.
    • Brandon Dumas, a Navy veteran.
    • Boris Fayerberg, previously a volunteer with Fire District 1 and part-time firefighter with Marysville Fire Department.
    • Alexander Johnson, previously with North County Regional Fire Authority.
    • Jason Mathews, previously with Fire District 17 in Granite Falls.
    • Andrew McLaurin, previously with Snohomish County Fire District 5 in Sultan.
    • Justin Pickens, previously with the Arlington Fire Department.
    • Todd Smith, previously with North County Regional Fire Authority.
    • Alexandru Tonu, a Marine Corps veteran.
    • Jennifer Turner, a Coast Guard veteran, previously with Fire District 17 and a volunteer with Fire District 1.

    All 12 just completed a month-long orientation and will begin working shifts this week in the 12 fire stations staffed by Fire District 1 in south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

    Fire District 1 is the county’s largest provider of fire and emergency medical services, serving about 200,000 residents. Last year, the district responded to nearly 20,000 emergency calls. More than 75 percent were for medical aid. All district firefighters are certified as either emergency medical technicians or paramedics.

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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