EVERETT, Wash. - Firefighters remain at the scene of a 3-alarm building fire in Everett Tuesday where one person was rescued from an apartment above an adjacent business.
The fire at the Everett Furniture Store in the 2900 block of Broadway Avenue, across from Xfinity Arena, was reported at 10:15 p.m. Monday.
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Everett Fire Assistant Marshal Steve Goforth said initial reports that there were apartment units on top of the ground-floor office furniture business turned out to be false. Because the building was initially thought to contain apartments, it was believed that a person may have been trapped inside, but everyone has been accounted for.
KIRO 7 Reporter Deborah Horne is working to find out what firefighters say may have caused the fire and what businesses were destroyed for our 5 p.m. newscast. >>kiro.tv/LiveNews
There are two apartments in a building next door, where a man was rescued from a second-floor window.
Firefighters continued to put out hot spots at the collapsed building Tuesday morning and are expected to remain at the site throughout the day.
Fire officials say the building was built in 1905.
The challenge for firefighters at one point was all the live power lines around the building.
“Our crews faced significant challenges because of the live power lines on the ground, but were able to use ground ladders to rescue a male from building,” said Goforth. “They then focused on putting out the fire and preventing it from spreading further.”
No injuries were reported.
Broadway is closed northbound at Pacific Avenue and southbound at California Street and traffic must detour to the east or west of Broadway.
The fire is under investigation and a cause has not yet been determined. The initial damage estimate is at least $1.5 million, according to Everett Fire.
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