Maltby church destroyed in early morning fire

MALTBY, Wash. — Firefighters in Snohomish County worked to put out a fire at a church in the Maltby area early Friday.

Crews were called to the fire at the Seattle Laestadian Lutheran Church along Paradise Lake Road and 102nd Avenue Southeast at around 2:30 a.m.

”Being 2:30 in the morning (and) this is a rural area, sometimes it takes a little longer for these fires to be discovered. The 911 information was a neighbor saw it and wasn’t sure where (the fire) was at. They then started driving around looking for it and located this location pretty quickly and called us,” Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Evan Adolf said.

The church was destroyed.

By 6 a.m., a few flames could still be seen inside the building but firefighters had lowered their truck’s ladder and were coiling up hoses.

Crews from Snohomish Fire & Rescue and Eastside Fire & Rescue fought the flames.

Fire investigators will determine the cause.

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