By Leslie Hynes, South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue Public Information Office.
A two-alarm fire heavily damaged a Martha Lake area home west of Mill Creek and displaced a family of four early on Friday morning, March 2, 2018.
The fire was reported around 1:40 am at a single-story house in the 17000 block of 13th Avenue W.
The residents, a couple and their two young children, discovered the fire after they were awakened by a loud bang. They safely exited the house. One dog also made it out safely. Three dogs died in the fire.
The house was already engulfed in flames by the time the first South County Fire crews arrived from the Martha Lake Fire Station less than a block away. Firefighters from South County Fire, Snohomish County Fire District 7, and Everett Fire Department responded.
Firefighters had to attack the fire from outside because fire conditions made it too dangerous to enter the structure. No one was injured.
The house is a total loss. Damage is expected to total more than $200,000. Red Cross and Support 7 responded to assist the family displaced by the fire.
This appears to be an accidental fire that may have started in the attic, according to the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office. The exact cause is undetermined.
Editor's note: This article was updated to include additional information on Friday afternoon, March 2, 2018.