By Leslie Hynes, Snohomish County Fire District 1 Public Information Officer.
No one was injured in a fire this morning that caused heavy damage and forced a couple from their mobile home in the Silver Lake neighborhood south of Everett.
The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. on April 13, 2013 in a double-wide mobile home in the 12200 block of Nels Peters Road. A smoke alarm alerted the couple to the fire and they were able to safely escape with their dog.
The mobile home was engulfed in smoke when firefighters arrived. When the first crew opened the front door to check conditions inside and make an interior attack, a firefighter stepped through the floor. He was not hurt.
About 40 firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 and Mukilteo Fire Department responded. The unstable floor and heavy damage to the rest of the structure made it unsafe for firefighters to enter mobile home, so firefighters had to attack the fire from outside.
It appeared the fire started underneath the mobile home, then got into the walls and the attic. Because firefighters couldn’t get inside to get at the flames, it took about an hour to bring the fire under control.
Crews remained on the scene throughout the morning dealing with flare-ups and hot spots.
The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating how the fire started. The investigator was unable to examine the fire scene today because there were too many hot spots. He expects to continue his work tomorrow.
The mobile home is a total loss. Damage is estimated at more than $100,000. Red Cross and Support 7 responded to assist the homeowners. They have insurance.
Smoke alarms gave this couple the warning they needed to get out safely.
Fire District 1 is offering free smoke alarms and educational home safety assessments for residents it serves in the communities of unincorporated southwest Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, and Woodway.