A fire Thursday morning displaced 14 people and injured one man at a housing complex in Alderwood Manor, in unincorporated South Snohomish County, according to a fire-department news release.
The five people inside at the time safely escaped, though one was taken to Swedish/Edmonds Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries from exposure to smoke and flames, the release said. Around 40 firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Bothell were able to control the blaze at the two-story, four-unit building in 20400 block of 28th Avenue West within 20 minutes, the release said.
They stayed all afternoon putting out hot spots. The fire caused heavy damage to two of the four units, and other units had smoke damage, the release said. All four were uninhabitable.
Support 7 and Red Cross are providing assistance to the 14 displaced residents – including six children, the release said. None of them had insurance.
Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said the Snohomish County fire marshal’s office has determined that the injured man was working Thursday in the garage of the fourplex when he stumbled and spilled gasoline. A heat source ignited the fumes.
Hynes says the injured man rented the garage and lived in a nearby apartment.