Everett firefighters battle a house fire near Lombard Ave and 32nd Street on Thursday. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett firefighters battle a house fire near Lombard Ave and 32nd Street on Thursday. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

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Firefighters battle 2-story house fire near downtown Everett

The home burst into flames around 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

EVERETT — A large two-story house erupted into flames Thursday morning south of downtown Everett.

Everett Fire Department crews responded around 11:30 a.m. to the blaze in what is believed to be a vacant house in the 3200 block of Lombard Avenue, a block south of the Snohomish County Jail. Firefighters brought the flames under control within an hour.

The heaviest damage appeared to be to the upper floor of the century-old home.

The fire ate through the roof and wood siding of the four-bedroom house. Heat warped and singed the vinyl siding of a neighboring townhome, which had been evacuated.

Smoke and ashes spewed toward a nearby construction site, where workers were busy building a multi-story apartment complex. The structure’s exposed wood and lack of fire protection could have been disastrous if not for the quick response, Assistant Fire Marshal Steve Goforth said.

Firefighters searched the basement of the burned home, but could not access the second story. Until it’s safe to enter, they won’t be able to determine a cause, Goforth said.

Everett police responded to the house Wednesday night on a trespassing call and arrested two people, officer Aaron Snell said. Police haven’t been involved in the fire investigation, he said.

There were no reports of injuries.

Property records suggest the home is at least a century old. It was bought by the neighboring synagogue, Temple Beth Or, in 2003.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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