Yesterday evening we had a devastating fire on the Everett waterfront. This was an enormous event – larger than any fire I’ve ever witnessed. Thankfully no lives were lost, but damage to the property was extensive. Our hearts go out to our partners at the Port of Everett and the Waterfront Place project teams affected by this terrible loss. This is a sad setback. The Port and project partners, however, are resilient and I’m grateful to hear they are committed to rebuilding.
This incident showcases the importance and value of having such well-trained first responders, as well as strong regional partnerships. The event involved all resources from Everett Fire, whose swift actions and outstanding work protected life and property. Everett Police aided the response, helping control the scene and protect the nearby neighborhoods. Our Public Works teams monitored reservoir levels and water quality and assisted with traffic signals, which were affected by power outages. Fire agencies throughout Snohomish County provided tremendous support and agencies from north King County helped staff Everett fire stations and answer 911 calls while our teams were deployed to battle the blaze. I’ve also heard multiple examples of bravery and solidarity from the Northwest Neighborhood, where neighbors came together to help each other when embers from the blaze flew up into their neighborhood, threatening their homes.
I am incredibly grateful for the leadership of our Everett Fire Department, our local partners and all of the first responders. This tragic event could have been far worse, but their actions, courage and ability to coordinate across multiple teams and agencies ensured this four-alarm fire was contained. I’m also tremendously heartened by the acts of kindness from all of the neighbors who rose to the challenge to help keep each other safe.
This is what community is all about. Coming together as a city, as a region, and as neighbors.