EVERETT, WA – Shortly before 1:30 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a report of an apartment fire at Olin Fields Apartments, 10115 Holly Dr., with initial reports of people trapped. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a working fire in a second-floor apartment in the K-building, which had extended to the third-floor unit. A second alarm was called for mutual aid resources.
As firefighters worked quickly to tap the fire, the crew from Ladder-5 used a ladder to rescue a couple from their third-floor balcony who could not exit their apartment due to heavy smoke. The family dog stayed on the balcony until firefighters brought the fire under control and crews could safely carry it out the front doors to safety.
There was an additional couple on the third-floor who were unable to leave their apartment due to heavy smoke; they waited by a window until firefighters could safely escort them down the main stairs.
There were no injuries to any residents. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for a precautionary medical evaluation.
The fire damaged at least two units, and several other apartments have smoke and water damage. The American Red Cross responded to assist six displaced residents.
Mutual aid was provided by South County Fire and Rescue, Mukilteo Fire, Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue, and Snohomish County Airport Fire Department. The Everett Police Department also assisted on scene and provided traffic control.
The fire is under investigation. The estimated total loss is $150K.
The Everett Fire Department would like to remind residents to have a fire escape plan in place for their home and family. For fire escape planning guidance and tips, visit the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) website.