Two children die in Lynnwood townhouse fire Sunday

Two children died and a third was injured during a Sunday afternoon fire at the Lynnwood Townhouse apartments in the 6700 block of 196th Street Southwest.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the two-alarm blaze, which was reported at 2:37 p.m. Sunday, and generated columns of smoke visible from miles away. The age and sex of the victims were not immediately available, but they were described as juveniles.

A boy estimated to be about 11 years old escaped the fire and was taken to Swedish Edmonds Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. It wasn’t immediately known whether the boy was related to the two victims, said Interim South County Fire Chief Doug Dahl.

At least two units adjacent to where the fire broke out were damaged, and Support 7 and Red Cross officials were at the scene to help displaced residents, Dahl said.

When fire crews arrived, the two-story structure was “fully involved,” but firefighters were able to knock down the fire quickly, after which they discovered the two victims, Dahl said. The victims’ parents have been notified, he added.

South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes said that the fire drew a total of 45 firefighters to the scene, from South County Fire, Snohomish County Fire District 7 and the Mukilteo Fire Department.

Fire investigators along with representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be investigating the cause of the blaze. “They will methodically work their way through it and (we will) take our time to make sure we get all the right answers,” Dahl said.

Lynnwood police said that 196th Street Southwest will be closed both directions between 68th and 64th Streets Southwest while the investigation is underway.

Dahl said that situations involving children are “always tough. It’s going to be a long night.”

— By Teresa Wippel with reporting from Larry Vogel

    1. As the only person responding to the fire in a fairly large apartment parking lot I couldn’t believe that I was still the only person in sight and kicking in doors and had time to remove my abandoned truck from the center of the highway after helping escort an elderly asian couple whose door I kicked down(scared the heck out of them) because after screaming while trying to throw a big rock through the west upper window ….I just couldn’t believe how I could be the only person Not glued to the seahawk game while this fire stole two lives.I am not sure if it is important for these investigations to actually realistically represent the truth of what happened…it won’t bring back the lives lost…and all present wanted a different outcome…just odd that I was alone on the scene fighting to get people to safety for 4 to 6 minutes before I saw anyone other than those who I had rousted and probably saved…till a cop showed up alone and I barked the basic facts.. probably people trapped upstairs..he jumped into action..kicking down the doors further from the fire where I was unsure as just a guy to knock all the doors down.my question is why someone (me) who was by far the overwhelming best witness to a fire that killed two never contacted by anybody in any investigation…very shody job or maybe someone doesn’t want more light on this tradegy and the response time..hope not.

      1. Hello Jim. My name is Joanna. I lived next door to the kids. I knew we were going to have a fire for months. Oct 30 i called pud. Told mgmt we are going to have a fire. They did nothing. Nothing!!! The fire started @150pm. My windows were open. My fire/smoke alarms worked. My brother was home. I left @145pm. We kept smelling something. I gave ALL my proof to the investigators. I can’t believe the fire was going for 30-40 min before anyone helped. I lost my home. My friends. My neighbor friends. I had lived there since 2013. I lost a few pets due to the fire. Im doing something special for the kids this weekend and on nov 3rd. Please respond back.

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