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Arson suspected in apartment fire west of Mill Creek

Maggie the dog rests in a medic unit after being rescued by firefighters. She was scared but did not seem to be injured. Photo courtesy of Fire District 1.
Maggie the dog rests in a medic unit after being rescued by firefighters. She was scared but did not seem to be injured. Photo courtesy of Fire District 1.

May 22, 2016, update.

According to Eric Stevick of the Everett Herald, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives believe the Wednesday, May 18th, apartment fire west of Mill Creek was intentionally started by one of the residents.

Stevick reported, “The suspect, 56, allegedly admitted to using matches to set multiple fires within her apartment.

“Her daughter put out some of the fires, but fled the apartment when one grew in the laundry room.”

Stevick wrote that the woman was arrested for arson and her 11-year old daughter was taken into protective custody.

Original, May 18, 2016, article.

By Leslie Hynes, Snohomish County Fire District 1 Public Information Officer.

No one was injured in an apartment fire west of Mill Creek that caused more than $175,000 damage and displaced 10 residents on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, 2016.

The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Estates in the 1000 block of 130th Street SW.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke was coming from the windows of a second-floor unit in a three-story, 18-unit building.

The residents were safely evacuated and firefighters rescued two dogs from the third floor.

Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire Districts 1 and 7, Everett, and Mukilteo responded and had the fire under control in about 15 minutes.

They made a quick attack and kept the fire contained to the second-floor apartment where it started.

Fire damage left the apartment uninhabitable. Two other apartments -- the units directly above and below the fire unit -- sustained smoke and water damage.

A total of 10 residents were displaced from the three apartments. None of the residents had insurance.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and the Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the fire.

It took firefighters about 15 minutes to knockdown an apartment fire west of Mill Creek this afternoon. No one was injured. Photo courtesy of Fire District 1.

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