Closing this bedroom door during an apartment fire in Everett helped contain flames, smoke and carbon monoxide, firefighters say. (Everett Fire Department)

Closing this bedroom door during an apartment fire in Everett helped contain flames, smoke and carbon monoxide, firefighters say. (Everett Fire Department)

Crucial move during Everett fire: Closing the bedroom door

Two residents were rescued from a bedroom at the Riverdale Apartments. In all, three were injured.

EVERETT — Three people were injured in an apartment fire early Thursday morning in north Everett.

The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. at the Riverdale Apartments in the 1800 block of Chestnut Street, according to the Everett Fire Department.

Crews found a fire in a second-story unit. Two residents were trapped in a back bedroom, according to the fire department. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue them. The two residents were treated for smoke inhalation. Keeping the bedroom door closed may have aided them, fire officials said.

“The closed bedroom door provided protection for the residents by isolating the fire’s flow, reducing room temperatures and keeping carbon monoxide levels down,” Everett Fire Marshal Kurtis Brown said. “The action of keeping the door closed to the bedroom provided valuable time for the occupants to be safely rescued by the firefighters.”

Broken glass injured another person.

The three people were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett with non-life-threatening injuries.

The fire was contained to one unit. Two neighboring units suffered smoke and water damage, according to the fire department.

The Everett Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating the fire Thursday.

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