Residents narrowly escape Snohomish County house fire

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NEAR LYNNWOOD, Wash. —

A ferocious fire overnight drove as many as eight people out of a Snohomish County house.

The fire occurred in in the 1800 block of 204th Place Southwest in an area of unincorporated Snohomish County near Lynnwood called Alderwood Manor.

The two-alarm blaze started just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire was so intense that they could only fight it from the outside.

Two vehicles also caught fire.

Neighbors reported seeing flames that were 150 feet high,  taller than the big trees around the home.

Residents who were inside the home at the time the fire started told KIRO 7 that the fire seemed to move very fast and there was little time to escape.

"It's just amazing how fast it went and the heat was just unbearable.  It was like stepping into a big oven. It was unbelievable," said Wes Wilson, a man who said he was staying at the house for a few weeks to help a friend clean up the rental home.

Firefighters think six to eight people were inside at the time at the time the house caught fire.  They all got out safely.

No one was injured in the fire, but a dog is missing. One man tried to go inside for the dog, but the heat was overwhelming.

Some neighbors said they're not surprised that the house caught fire.   

  "The police have been here, the firemen have been here, and there's been more problems because of this one house in this one neighborhood," said Bill Gillam.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. The home is likely a total loss.