Smoking materials blamed for Lynnwood fire

LYNNWOOD — Discarded smoking materials apparently ignited the two-alarm blaze that destroyed a Lynnwood office building on Wednesday.

The fire started about 3 p.m. at the northeast corner of the building along Cedar Valley Road, near its front door, Lynnwood fire spokeswoman Cathy Rizzo said Thursday. No injuries were reported.

Lynnwood fire investigators spent most of Thursday on scene. Crews also remained overnight to monitor hot spots, Rizzo said.

They were still evaluating the damage, she said.

Property records show multiple owners for the two-story property, at least part of which was worth over $1.18 million.

The building housed a variety of businesses, including law offices, an insurance agency and the headquarters for a local biodiesel company.

One occupant, marriage and family therapist Ellen Nelson, posted to her website Thursday, letting clients know she was working on finding a new space.

Her office was destroyed, she wrote.

The fire spread into the building through the crawl space and attic, Rizzo said. It took several hours to extinguish as smoke filled the air and drifted into nearby apartment complexes.

Heavy equipment was used to get into the building on Thursday, due to water and structural damage, Rizzo said.

Firefighters were working with the insurance company, public works, police and a demolition company.

About 30 people had jobs in the building.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

A customer walks away after buying a hot dog from a vendor on 33rd St and Smith Street near the Everett Station on Friday. The Everett Station District Alliance pictures the area east of Broadway and south of Hewitt Avenue as a future neighborhood and transit hub that could absorb expected population growth. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
How can Everett Station become a vibrant part of city?

A neighborhood alliance focused on long-term revitalization will update the public Tuesday.

Man arrested after police find van full of drugs, cash and guns

An officer on patrol noticed a vehicle by itself in the middle of a WinCo parking lot at 2 a.m.

After work to address issues, Lynnwood gets clean audit

The city has benefited from increased revenues from sales tax.

Bolshevik replaces BS in Eyman’s voters pamphlet statement

The initiative promoter also lost a bid to include a hyperlink to online coverage of the battle.

Man with shotgun confronts man on toilet about missing phone

Police say the victim was doing his business when the suspect barged in and threatened him.

Detectives seek suspect in woman’s homicide

Alisha Michelle Canales-McGuire was shot to death Wednesday at a home south of Paine Field.

Car crashes near Everett after State Patrol pursuit

The driver and a second person in the car suffered injuries.

Smith Island habitat restoration cost to rise $1.2 million

The project is intended to increase survival rates for juvenile chinook salmon.

Jim Mathis, the Vietnam veteran whose Marysville garden was recently featured in The Herald, died Wednesday. Mathis, who suffered from PTSD and cancer, found solace in his beautiful garden. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Vietnam veteran Jim Mathis found peace in his garden

The Marysville man who served two tours died Wednesday after suffering from cancer and PTSD.

Most Read