It’s unclear how the fire in a second-floor unit started.
Update on 5/19: The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 56-year-old resident of the Hillcrest Estates on Wednesday. She was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of first-degree arson after she admitted starting the fire, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Original post: Fire authorities battled an apartment fire in Everett Wednesday afternoon, which displaced 10 residents and put two dogs at risk.
Around 12:30 p.m., Everett firefighters arrived to Hillcrest Estates in the 1000 block of 130th Street Southwest, seeing plumes of smoke from a second-floor unit’s windows, Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said in a news release.
Crews kept the fire contained to that unit, which is now “uninhabitable,” and safely evacuated the residents and dogs, she said. No one was injured.
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Two apartment units directly below and above the fire sustained water and smoke damage, so those residents are also displaced, Hynes said.
In total, the blaze caused more than $175,000 in costs, she said, and none of the residents has insurance.
The apartment building is three stories and houses 18 units, Hynes said.
No other details on the cause of the fire were immediately known.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating.