Two people, including a 7-year-old girl, died in this house fire near Mukilteo on Thursday. (South County Fire)

Two people, including a 7-year-old girl, died in this house fire near Mukilteo on Thursday. (South County Fire)

Girl, 7, and her father die in house fire near Mukilteo

The house was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. The cause was under investigation.

MUKILTEO — A young girl and her father died early Thursday in a fire near Mukilteo.

South County Fire crews responded around 3:30 a.m. to a single-story home in the 2800 block of York Road. Callers reported hearing loud noises and seeing smoke and fire coming from the house, at the end of a long driveway.

By the time firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames, South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes said. It was too dangerous for crews to access most of the interior, she said.

“The rapidly moving fire had already heavily damaged the house,” according to a South County Fire news release Thursday evening. “Flames were through the roof and visible in most of the windows. The floor was nearing the point of collapse. Firefighters initially were unsure if anyone was inside. They searched the only room they could access and did not find any victims.”

After knocking down the fire, crews continued their search and found the 7-year-old girl and her father, 42. They died at the scene.

Cause and manner of death will be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Their identities had not been released as of Thursday.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating the cause of the fire.

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

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