UPDATE 10:30 P.M.| Fire investigators believe a lit cigarette started the fire at a 12-unit building of an Edmonds apartment complex Wednesday. They think the 40-year-old man who died in the blaze may have fallen asleep while smoking in his second-story unit, according to a Snohomish County Fire District 1 release.
The fire caused more than $550,000 in property damage. Four apartments have fire damage and two others have smoke and water damage.
“The 11 residents of these six units won’t be able to return to their apartments,” said district spokeswoman Leslie Hynes. “All 35 residents of the 12-unit building will be out of their apartments for the night because the power was cut to the building.”
Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
One man died in an Edmonds apartment-complex fire Wednesday afternoon, according to Snohomish County Fire District 1.
The fire started around 4:51 p.m. at the three-story Edmonds Highlands Apartments complex on the 23300 block of Edmonds Way, according to district spokeswoman Leslie Hynes. Everyone except the man firefighters found dead was able to evacuate the burning building without injuries.
At least four units were damaged, Hynes said. She said didn’t know exactly how many people have been displaced by the fire, but the Red Cross is on scene helping those who are.
Fire officials are still investigating what caused the blaze.