2 families displaced by Marysville apartment complex fire

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Firefighters in Marysville were quick to control an apartment fire Wednesday morning.

“You could just see the flames, the smoke, and little balls popping everywhere,” said Tony, who lives in the apartment complex.

People like Tony who live in the apartments off 67th and 88th Street in Marysville got quite the wake-up call.

“The second I looked out my window I saw men running with ladders, and I hear boom, boom, boom, right next to me,” Tony said. “I’m standing there in my robe and they said, ‘Get out, there’s a fire right now.’”

Tom Maloney, fire marshal for the Marysville Fire Department, said they moved quickly to prevent the fire from spreading.

“There’s significant damage to the second-floor apartment, which is uninhabitable. The first-floor apartment received some water damage, which is also uninhabitable,” said Maloney.

Maloney confirmed five people were inside the unit when the fire started and four were in the unit below, but no one was injured.

The Red Cross is helping both families with housing.

“Fireworks were going off, and the plastic was melting, dripping off the deck,” said another neighbor.

“Seattle Seahawks flag on fire, it was a hot mess out here. You hear chainsaws from the fire department,” said Tony.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials believe it was accidental and said there weren’t any working smoke alarms in the unit.

Officials also say the structure is unstable. At one point a firefighter fell through the flooring during cleanup efforts, but he was not injured.