Update: Alderwood Manor fire was caused by an accident

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined a fire at a fourplex in Alderwood Manor Thursday morning was an accidental fire.

The man who was injured was working in the garage of the fourplex when he stumbled and spilled gasoline. A heat source in the garage then ignited the gasoline fumes. The injured man rented the garage in the fourplex and lives in a neighboring apartment building. Information on his medical condition is unavailable due to healthcare privacy laws.

The two-story, four-unit building is located in the 20400 block of 28th Ave. W in unincorporated south Snohomish County east of Lynnwood.

About 40 firefighters from Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Bothell were on the scene at the peak of the fire. They had the fire under control within 20 minutes, but remained on the scene throughout the afternoon dealing with hot spots.

The fire caused heavy damage to two of the four units. Other units had smoke damage. All four units are uninhabitable as a result of the fire. A total of 14 residents – including six children – have been displaced. Support 7 and Red Cross are providing assistance. None of the residents had insurance.


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