Snohomish County Fire District 7 was dispatched to an apartment fire in the 1200 block of Mill Creek Boulevard just after 2 a.m. on February 28, 2013. Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the three-story apartment building.
Residents in the first-floor apartment where the fire started were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms and evacuated the building. A neighbor quickly pulled the fire alarm alerting the rest of the building to the fire.
“The smoke alarms and quick actions by residents made a crucial impact in the outcome of this fire,” explained Public Information Officer Autumn Waite. “This is a great example of how smoke alarms save lives.”
Crews were able to quickly knock down the flames, limiting damage to three apartments. The residents of those apartments are receiving assistance from the Snohomish County Red Cross. One resident was treated for smoke inhalation and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
About 35 firefighters responded from Fire District 7 and Fire District 1. Crews from Bothell, Monroe and Everett provided back-up coverage while Fire District 7 was at the fire. Fire District 1 fire investigators are on-scene, but no preliminary cause or damage estimate is available.
Fire District 7 would like to share the following reminders about smoke alarms:
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
- Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer's instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer's instructions for testing and maintenance.
- Be sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Alarms that are hard-wired must be installed by a qualified electrician.
Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you.