by: Terra Sullivan Updated:
EDMONDS, Wash.-- - Investigators believe a hot light bulb inside of a clip-on reading lamp caused an apartment fire that killed a woman and her cat Monday night in Edmonds.
"This was the type of lamp you can clip to a shelf or headboard. It appears the lamp came loose and landed on the victim's bed in the living room," said Leslie Hynes, Public Information Officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire and emergency medical service to the City of Edmonds.
Neighbors called 911 just after 6 p.m. when they saw smoke coming from a second-floor apartment building in the 8600 block of 240th Street SW.
Fire crews quickly extinguished a small fire in the living room and found a deceased female and a cat.
Fire officials are waiting for the medical examiner to confirm the identity of the woman who died.
Other residents of the building were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported.
Damage is estimated at $50,000. Hynes said there was heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the unit.