By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EVERETT — An apartment fire that sent two people to the hospital Monday has been ruled arson.
The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire was intentionally set in a unit at the Hampton Court Apartments, 11419 9th Pl. W.
The fire occurred around 12:15 p.m.
Fire investigators and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office responded to the blaze. The fire marshal determined the arson occurred as part of an attempted suicide.
Details about that aspect of the case weren’t released.
The man, 24, and woman, 50, who were in the apartment, were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where they were treated for smoke inhalation.
The woman remained at Harborview Friday. The man was transferred to another Seattle hospital.
“Firefighters did pull those people out of the building,” Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said. “They did not come out on their own.”
The pair were found in the living room.
A contractor on the property saw flames inside an apartment. A second employee notified the apartment manager who called 911 while the contractor began alerting residents.
The blaze was contained to the one unit on the second-floor of the two-story building. It took 20 firefighters about 20 minutes to get the fire under control.
The estimated loss to the structure and contents was $40,000.
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