Injuries send two to hospitals after fire Wednesday in Lake Ballinger area

Firefighters get a chainsaw ready for possible use while working to contain a fire Wednesday afternoon in Mountlake Terrace. (Photo courtesy South County Fire)

Correcting address from Mountlake Terrace to Edmonds

Two people were taken to local hospitals Wednesday afternoon after being injured as a result of a fire at an apartment complex near Lake Ballinger in Edmonds.

According to South County Fire spokesperson Christie Veley, one woman and one man were outside the apartment building, located in the 7900 block of 236th Street Southwest, when firefighters arrived.

“The woman had burns and smoke inhalation, and was taken to Harborview (Medical Center),” Veley said. “The man was also suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to Swedish Edmonds.”

Neither of the injuries to the woman and man were life-threatening, Veley said.

A 911 call reported a porch fire at the 4-unit building just after 12:40 p.m., according to a news release. While firefighters kept flames contained to the original unit, fire spread to the attic and took more than a half-hour to get under control.

Nearly 50 firefighters responded to the fire from 13 different fire stations, according to a news report.

Fire department personnel confer Wednesday afternoon at the site of a fire at an Edmonds apartment complex near Lake Ballinger. (Photo courtesy South County Fire)

Nearly 50 firefighters responded to the fire from 13 different fire stations.

“Thank you Shoreline Fire Department for your help with this response,” according a post on the X (formerly Twitter) page of South County Fire. “We also appreciate Support 7 and American Red Cross Northwest Region volunteers for assisting at least nine people temporarily displaced by the fire. South County Fire is investigating the cause.”

A fire at an apartment complex is contained by spraying water (left) Wednesday in Edmonds. (Screenshot from video courtesy of South County Fire)
Personnel from 13 fire stations responded to the fire in Edmonds on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of South County Fire)
  1. This fire is a tragedy, as are all house fires. I am very sorry for the affected residents of the 4 apartments in this building. Does any other reader of this news story find it inappropriate that firefighters from 13 stations responded to a fire in a 4 unit apartment building? It’s ONE relatively small building, folks. The South County Regional Fire Authority has been telling the Edmonds City Council that they are a well oiled machine, that they are good custodians of the tax dollars they collect, that they are not over staffed and that they do not waste the public’s money. That’s the message from the elected members of the fire commission. But that’s not the truth. The truth is what MEN reported in this article. This was a failed response, in my opinion. A failed response is not only when it takes too long to get firefighters and equipment to the scene of a fire. A failed response is also when you swarm a fire with too many personnel and equipment from multiple agencies because you don’t know your territory and you don’t know how to dispatch. Why should I vote next year to join this RFA?

  2. This would be a good opportunity for someone from South County Fire and our current city management to explain how Shoreline Fire got involved with this particular fire – were they called based on an actual need for more personnel or did a rig just happen to be close or closer and heard the call first, coming to the emergency just in case? Was this a typical type of fire emergency that would require up to 50 personnel? If these Shoreline personnel had been needed at the other end of their own town at nearly the same time, would they have been able to make the best possible and most responsible effort for their OWN town citizens? If I were a Mayor ultimately responsible for public safety, or a City Council Person who just voted to ask the citizens to voluntarily give up virtually all management control of fire service to the RFA, I’d be very curious and want answers to these or similar questions considering the vote coming up in Edmonds about future fire service. Regardless of money, I’m a firm no vote until someone convinces me that RFA can do fire/rescue better than an EFD 2 station(in the right locations) plan with a Chief answerable to a Strong Mayor.

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