EVERETT — A woman suffered severe burns to her arms in a house fire Saturday in north Everett.
Kasey Adams, 18, was hanging out with friends in a car parked across the street around 5 p.m., when she heard a woman scream for help at the two-story house in the 2100 block of Lombard Avenue. Smoke billowed from the basement. Adams and her friends hurried over to find the woman on the ground.
“We tried helping her up, and getting her to calm down, and she just screamed, because we accidentally grabbed her,” Adams said.
The woman was burned on her arms, from her hands to her shoulders. One of the teens called 911.
“I thought she’d lost her child or something,” said Jain McCaughan, 60, a nurse who lives in the neighborhood.
She later learned that four cats and a dog live in the home, and they stay in the basement, she said. It wasn’t clear if any survived.
Two men escaped the home unhurt. Neighbors wrapped them in blankets, and gave them shoes for their bare feet.
An ambulance rushed the woman to a local hospital, Everett Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Edmonds said.
Investigators were called in to determine how the fire ignited. It apparently began in the basement, where the damage was most extensive, Edmonds said. The rest of the home was flooded with smoke.
A damage estimate wasn’t available Saturday. Neither was an update on the injured woman’s condition.
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