Update: Daughter and neighbors entered house on fire Thursday night to save mother

Photo courtesy Fire District 1

Two women were injured in a fire that caused more than $340,000 damage to a home north of Lynnwood Thursday night.

Emergency dispatchers received multiple 911 calls around 6:25 p.m. reporting a house on fire in the 13900 block of 20th Pl. W. in unincorporated Snohomish County.

“The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the two women — a mother and her adult daughter — were already outside,” Fire District 1 Spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said.

The mother lives in the house. Her daughter was visiting when the fire broke out. A man who also lives at the house was away at the time.

A neighbor heard the smoke alarms and entered the house to try to get everyone out, but the smoke and heat forced him out. Witnesses told firefighters the daughter made outside, then went back inside to help her mother, who uses a wheelchair.

“When the mother made it through the smoke to the front door, she was ejected from her wheelchair. At that point, three neighbors ended up working together to pull the woman out of the smoke to safety,” Hynes said. “Without their help, the woman most likely would have been overcome by smoke and flames in a matter of minutes.”

The mother and her daughter were both exposed to heavy smoke conditions and were transported by medic unit to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Their conditions did not appear to life-threatening.

Two cats died in the fire. The single-story house is a total loss. The Red Cross is assisting the residents.

Firefighters from Lynnwood, Everett and Mukilteo assisted Fire District 1 responded and had the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

Investigators from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office plan to resume work Friday during daylight hours to look for the cause of the fire.

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