Everett police and fire investigators have pinpointed the spot where a fatal apartment building fire started on Nov. 8, but have been unable to determine the cause, officials said today.
“We were not able to determine the precise cause of the fire because we discovered multiple items in the area where the fire started that could have contributed to the blaze,” Everett Fire Marshal Rick Robinson said in a news release. “There’s no indication that the fire was of suspicious origin.”
Investigators said the fire started in apartment 6 in the building in the 1800 block of Hewitt Avenue. That apartment was where the body of 61-year-old Michael D. Beard was found. Beard died of smoke inhalation.
Flames broke out around 9:30 p.m. the two-story brick building, which contained a mix of retail, a pizza parlor, a cabinet shop and a flea market on the ground level, and 13 apartments on the second level. Ninety-seven firefighters from across Snohomish County were called in to battle the fire.
Investigators have estimated the loss of the building is $1 million.