A fire broke out in an apartment complex under construction on Wednesday, January 25th around 2136 PST as a first alarm but would the alarm would be quickly elevated all the way up to a 3rd Alarm.
The commercial structure is located on the 19600 block and Scriber Road in Lynnwood, Washington. Many reports of this being a replacement for a former apartment complex that also burned down.
Police and Fire began demobing around 0010 hours on Thursday morning.
Parts of the building in sections have collapsed, including the chimney in the center of the structure and appears all of the exposure buildings have been saved by firefighters.
Crews had continued to battle flames, while Public Works assisting w/water flow, Reports of water flow issues.
Fire units continue to work on large commercial fire in Lynnwood. Police continue to evacuate surrounding areas. People were evacuated by several Community Transit buses to areas nearby. A nearby church was being used as a shelter.
#FireImage Courtesy of Lynnwood Fire Department
Firefighters around the area locally from Lynnwood, Shoreline and others along with a Snohomish County strike team were dispatched to this multiple story apartment complex.
Red Cross was on hand to help local residents by staffing a local evacuation shelter at a nearby church located near the Command Post.
Police Officers were tasked with evacuating residents from exposure buildings which took up much of the City’s and Mill Creek Departments. They provided perimeter security around the building.
Level2 Firefighters helped put tape up to keep drivers from continuing driving through the fire scene, as Police Officers were tied up with assisting with evacuations.
Public Works set-up barriers to keep the public back in a safety zone and to help Fire with scene control.
PSE secured power to the buildings, which others reported power was out in the whole area.
Reports of one firefighter was injured from a fall. He was said to be alert and talking. Another source said he will be okay.
A second report of another firefighter being injured but his/her condition was unknown at the time of this fire.
There were several 9-1-1 calls into SNOCOM of reports of those claiming responsibility for starting the fire. Police are working to investigate those potential leads.
Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media (What people are saying on Social Media)
“Huge fire in Lynnwood…new, unfinished apartment building.”
“Massive fire south of me in Lynnwood. Not sure where it’s located, but it’s lighting up the sky.”
” Falling ash is everywhere at the fire. Flames are definitely lowering.”
“Firefighter injured as crews battle massive 3-alarm fire in Lynnwood.”
“Windows in adjacent buildings exposed to the fire are breaking out due to the heat.”
“Fire can be seen from Brier.”
“Fire burning in new unfinished and unoccupied condo building.”
“This is the new building replacing the former apartments when that structure burned.”
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