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Turn Of Century Building In Everett Goes Down In 3-Alarm Fire
September 26, 2017

Fire photo Facebook/Garron Haun

Larger Fire Photos. CLICK TO ENLARGE. Photos: Everett Fire Dept.

"Hot spot flare-up" from the extinguished fire, about 2:38 am Tuesday 9/26. Photo: Everett Fire Dept. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Chronicle staff

Update 9/27/17: On Wednesday afternoon the Everett Fire Dept. announced that it and partner agencies continue to investigate the large building fire that is the subject of the story below.

"Fire investigators request that anyone with tips, including photos or videos from before, or during, the fire, relay their information to SNOPAC’s non-emergency number at 425- 407-3999, or email Everett Fire at fmo@everettwa.gov," said the statement from the Everett FD.

At this time, investigators have not determined the cause of the fire and the investigation will continue through the end of the week.

The Everett Fire Dept. has requested assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which has experience with large-scale fires and additional resources to assist with the investigation.

Everett Fire remains the lead investigators on the scene. Everett Public Works crews are also providing heavy equipment and operators to assist with cleaning debris at the site.

Everett Fire crews worked overnight Monday night to Tuesday to put out that large building fire on the 2900 block of Broadway, across from Xfinity Arena.

The fire was reported at 10:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25. Fire crews arrived at 2931 Broadway to find heavy flames on the back side of the structure, an office furniture building. The fire had also taken down power lines in the area.

“Our crews faced significant challenges because of the live power lines on the ground, but were able to use ground ladders to rescue a male from building,” said Steve Goforth, asst. fire marshal. “They then focused on putting out the fire and preventing it from spreading further.”

Original story is below.

End update

(EVERETT, WA.) -- As building fires go this one was big, bright, fast moving and potentially very deadly.

A mixed-use building that dates back to the early 1900's was consumed by a 3-alarm fire of unknown origin in Everett Monday night.

The blaze destroyed the Everett Office Furniture Building at 2931 Broadway. The furniture store occupies the ground floor of the building and there are some apartments up above.

There were no reported injuries or deaths from the fire by late Monday night although one man who was trapped for a period of time was rescued from an apartment in the building. He did not require medical care.

Fire officials say the 911 calls started coming in about 10:00 pm about a fire that was seen in the back of the building. It spread quickly and was heavily involved by the time firefighters arrived.

Fire crews from multiple agencies fought this one late into the night. Besides Everett city firefighters, crews from Naval Station Everett, Snohomish Fire Districts 1 and 7, Lake Stevens and Marysville firefighters came in with their trucks and ladders to battle it.

As the fire raged on during the night some of the building's walls collapsed inward but it was believed there was no one inside the building when the structure collapsed.

During the blaze some live electrical wires came down and the public was asked to avoid the area.

Fire crews were scheduled to remain through the night dealing with hot spots and making sure the fire did not re-erupt.



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