Fire destroys Arlington home Feb. 22

Video courtesy of Bill Gillam.

ARLINGTON — An Arlington home was declared a total loss in the wake of a fire that was still being fought hours later.

According to Christine Badger, the community emergency management coordinator for the city of Arlington, the fire in the 21700 block of 88th Drive NE was called at approximately 11:10 a.m. on Feb. 22.

No one was inside the two-story house, which had a main floor and a daylight basement, but one of its occupants arrived to find the house on fire and called 911.

Because the area surrounding the house had no fire hydrants, six tenders were called out to the scene.

"We've got firefighters here from Marysville, Getchell, North County, Silvana, Station 21 and of course Arlington," Badger said. "We've got five hose lines feeding off our engine."

As of 1 p.m., Badger reported that 25 firefighters were still on the scene, fighting the fire defensively before they could enter the building, and she expected their work to continue for the next several hours.

"They're cooling the whole structure down and making sure there aren't any hot-spots hiding in the walls," Badger said.

Without being able to enter the house, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has yet to determine the cause of the fire, but early estimates of its damage are running as high as $700,000.

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