EVERETT – Everett firefighters responded Monday afternoon, January 29, to a three-alarm fire at the Olin Fields apartment complex at 10115 Holly Drive. Twin 3-year old girls were quickly rescued by Everett firefighters and transported to Harborview Hospital. At the time of this press release, the children have been released from the hospital back into the care of their mother.
The initial 9-1-1 call, received at approximately 12:55 p.m., was a report of a fire in a bottom floor apartment in the N-building with three children inside. A state fire marshal, who happened to be driving by and saw the thermal column, stopped to help evacuate tenants from the building while neighbors called 9-1-1. Everett Police arrived on-scene and helped with the evacuation of the tenants at the affected building.
Fire crews arriving on-scene found the bottom, middle, and top floor apartments on fire. As firefighters battled the blaze, two crews were actively checking the involved apartments for any victims. One of our firefighters received information from a mother at the scene that her twin 3-year old daughters were inside the bottom floor apartment in one of the bedrooms. That information was quickly relayed to the rescue teams. Among heavy fire conditions, the firefighters found one child on the bed and the other between the bed and the wall. Both children were delivered to two separate teams of paramedics and EMTs who were able to quickly start basic and advanced life support assistance for smoke inhalation.
An aggressive firefight occurred while the rest of the units in the building were cleared by a combination of Everett firefighters and other mutual aid agencies from around Snohomish and King County. One firefighter received a minor hand injury.
The American Red Cross volunteers responded to help six families who were displaced by the fire. They are continuing to help the families tonight with their emergency shelter needs.
Investigation by Everett Fire and Police revealed the mother of the children left them in the care of another family member when the fire broke out. Everett Police detectives will look at all aspects of the fire, which will include talking with the family.
The origin and cause of the fire is still under investigation by fire investigators.