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Snohomish County firefighters keep truck fire from spreading to house east of Mill Creek

Firefighters were dispatched at 11:27 am on Monday, May 13th, to a report of a vehicle fire that was spreading to the nearby house east of Mill Creek. When crews arrived on scene they found a work truck on fire in the driveway with the fire spreading to the house.
Totaled box truck in front of damage house. Photo courtesy of Fire District 7.

By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information Officer.

Firefighters were dispatched at 11:27 am on Monday, May 13, 2019, to a report of a vehicle fire that was spreading to the nearby house at the 16000 block of 35th Park SE, east of Mill Creek.

A contract worker was in the attic cleaning out the ducts when he noticed an electrical smell and then lost power to his vacuum. When he went outside to investigate the problem he saw that his work truck was on fire. He tried to use the garden hose to extinguishing the flames but quickly realized he needed to call 911.

When crews arrived on scene they found a fully engulfed box work truck parked in the driveway with the fire spreading to the house. 

Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire with water and foam to gain control of the flames before the fire spread to the interior of the home. Due to their quick tactics, they were able to save the home. There was damage caused to the exterior of the house and minor smoke damage inside.  The truck is a complete loss.

No one else was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating how the fire started.

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