by: Joanna Small Updated:
EVERETT, Wash. - Two dozen people are homeless Sunday after a fire ripped through an Everett apartment building around 2 a.m. It happened at the Beverly Village apartments off 75th Street Southeast.
A dozen apartments were burned and six are a total loss. At the height of the fire as many as 35 firefighters were fighting the blaze.
KIRO 7 viewers immediately began emailing and Facebooking us pictures of the massive flames. No one was hurt, but there were some close calls. Firefighters say people were briefly trapped in the building before they freed themselves.
Many of the families who just barely escaped went to the Safeway across the street.
One is a Ukrainian family of seven who lives on the third floor. They said by the time they woke up Sunday morning, one of the little boy's rooms was already on fire.
The family was wrapped up in blankets provided by the American Red Cross. The fire started on the first floor, but the cause isn’t known yet.
Firefighters said the resident of the apartment where the fire started wasn’t home at the time but they’ve just finished ap hone interview with her.
As soon as they determine the cause of the fire and release it to us, we’ll release it to you.