EVERETT - Six residents safely escaped a fully involved house fire just before midnight last night.
Multiple callers reported a fire in 2600 block of Maple Street at 11:50 p.m. last night reporting flames coming from the back of the house and the rooftop as well as people and animals inside the home.
Responding firefighters could see a large column of smoke as they approached and flames were already through the roof of the structure when they arrived. Firefighters immediately established a defensive operation to protect neighboring buildings and battle the fire as the structure was too unstable and unsafe for them to enter. This morning, firefighters continued to extinguish hotspots with the help of some heavy equipment.
All residents safely evacuated the home upon arrival of the fire department with no reported injuries. Firefighters were able to locate the family pets for the residents with the exception of one cat, which was located this morning and given to Everett Animal Control for safekeeping and reunification with its family. The American Red Cross responded to assist six displaced residents.
A neighbor’s home incurred damage from the heat and flames of the fire; estimate of the damage is unknown at this time. Two vehicles were damaged in the fire; one is considered a total loss, no estimate of damages for the second vehicle.
Thank you to the Everett Police Department who assisted with traffic control at the scene.
The structure is a total loss. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire, which is still under investigation.