An Everett apartment building near Comcast Arena went up in flames Thursday night, according to the Everett Fire Department.
The fire started around 9:26 p.m at the 13-unit building on the 1800 block of Hewitt Avenue, said department spokesman Eric Hicks. More than two hours after it started on the top floor, firefighters were still controlling the blaze in defensive mode to keep it from spreading, he said.
No injuries have been reported, but not every apartment resident has been accounted for either, Hicks said. The fire displaced at least 11 residents, he said.
Large plumes of smoke could be seen in the sky above Hewitt Avenue, according to news partner MyEverettNews.com. The fire grew so intense that firefighters had to take defensive positions as 20-foot flames rose out of the building and nearby powerlines exploded, according to the news site’s Twitter account.
Hicks said power has been cut to several downtown blocks to keep more energized power lines from falling on the fire. As of 12:20 a.m., power had not been cut to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett Pacific Campus, but a hospital representative said the medical center had been warned its power could be cut and are prepared to run on back-up power.
An employee of a business near the apartments said the roof caved in as she watched the fire consume the building.
The Everett Fire Department, Snohomish County Fire District 1, Marysville Fire District and fire units from several other surrounding cities are responding, said Everett Fire Marshal Rick Robinson.