FOUR PERISH IN SNOHOMISH MOBILE HOME FIRE
October 01, 2008
(SNOHOMISH, WA) -- Four Snohomish residents died yesterday in an early morning mobile home fire in the city that fire authorities now say appears suspicious in origin.
Location of trailer fire that claimed four lives
Killed in the fire were 28-year old Sandra Maria Montaņo along with her two daughters, Ashley, 7, and Yareli, 4 years of age and Ms. Montaņo’s sister 25-year old Claudia Montaņo. Sandra Maria Montaņo was an employee of Tampico Restaurant in Everett.
The family had just moved into the mobile home last Friday and were still moving their belongings in over the past weekend. The home was located in the Snohomish Mobile Home and RV Park along Avenue D not far from the fire station in the north end of Snohomish. The park houses 44 mobile home units.
Investigating authorities including the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Washington State Patrol say a specially trained dog detected signs of a flammable accelerant at the scene but it is too early in the investigation to know if a flammable accelerant was placed there purposely by someone who deliberately set the fire.
Firefighters arrived at the scene of the blaze, just across Avenue D from the fire station, just about two minutes after the fire was first reported. No firefighters were injured in fighting the fire, which was put out at 7:23 a.m.