Dog dies in apartment fire

By Sara Bruestle | Jun 12, 2013
Courtesy of: Mukilteo Fire Department A fire in an apartment unit in the early morning on Saturday at the 77 Sunset Strip Apartments in the 2300 block of Washington Avenue displaced all the residents.

A dog died in an early morning fire on Saturday that displaced all the residents of a four-unit apartment complex in Mukilteo.

Firefighters were called around 3:45 a.m. to the 77 Sunset Strip Apartments in the 2300 block of Washington Avenue.

The fire was in a lower apartment unit on the backside of the complex, Assistant Fire Chief Brian McMahan said. When firefighters arrived, flames were rolling out of a bedroom window and lapping at the upper unit.

Police awakened the residents and evacuated the apartment units. Except for the dog, no one was injured. A second dog from the same unit was unharmed.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading, McMahan said. There was limited smoke and fire damage to the upper unit.

“They made a great decision to knock out the fire before they went in,” McMahan said. “If they hadn’t, the fire might have gotten through the broken glass and into the second unit.”

McMahan said their defensive attack helped keep the building from becoming a total loss.

“Usually you fight it from the inside out,” he said.

The complex was built in 1959 and did not have a sprinkler system.

The cause of the fire was undetermined Monday and remains under investigation by Fire Marshal Jim Thomas.

Firefighters from Mukilteo, Lynnwood and Snohomish County Fire District 1 were on scene by 3:50 a.m. They left the scene around 8:30 a.m.

The estimated damage is about $80,000 for the complex and contents.

Snohomish County PUD shut off power to the apartments and firefighters shut off the water due to broken pipes leaking.

The Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross helped find temporary homes for residents.

The International Chaplain's Ministry – Support 7 in Edmonds and the Mukilteo police chaplain assisted.

A police officer transported the deceased dog to PAWS.

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