Fire destroys abandoned building north of Lynnwood

Lynnwood Firefighters assisted in putting out a fire at an abandoned building north of Lynnwood. (Photo courtesy of Lynnwood Fire Department)

A fire destroyed an abandoned building at a former wrecking yard north of Lynnwood early Tuesday morning.

Fire dispatchers received multiple 911 calls just before 3 a.m. reporting flames coming from the building in the 13400 block of Lake Road in unincorporated Snohomish County north of Lynnwood. The Mukilteo Speedway, SR 525, runs directly behind the property. The southbound lanes of the highway were closed for about three hours so firefighters could access the fire scene.

The 60-foot-by-100-foot building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The building had been vacated and abandoned after the wrecking yard shut down several years ago. “We attacked the fire from the outside and had most of the flames knocked down within about 30 minutes. Firefighters continued to deal with hotspots and flare-ups for another couple hours,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.

Firefighters from Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Mukilteo responded. No one was injured.

The building is a total loss. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire and was unable to determine a cause, but could not rule out transient activity in the area.

“The building had no power. Witnesses reported seeing transients frequenting the site on a regular basis,” Hynes said.

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