Highway 99 commercial building a total loss after Lynnwood fire

Affected businesses included an auto glass shop, a sign shop and a towing company in the 19100 block.

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LYNNWOOD — A fire destroyed a commercial building and prompted the closure of Highway 99 early Tuesday morning in Lynnwood.

The fire was reported around 11:30 p.m. Monday in the 19100 block of Highway 99, according to South County Fire. When crews arrived, the building that houses an auto glass shop, a sign shop and a towing company was fully engulfed with flames rolling out the front windows.

The building, which sustained a collapsed roof and back walls, was a total loss, according to the fire department. No one was inside the building during the fire and no injuries were reported.

Residents of a nearby apartment building were evacuated. Some of the apartments had smoke damage, displacing eight residents, according to South County Fire. Those residents were receiving help from the Red Cross.

As firefighters doused the flames, Lynnwood Police Department officers closed the highway between 188th and 196th Streets SW until about 5:30 a.m. Flames caught power lines over the building, cutting off electricity to nearby homes and businesses for several hours.

Crews from Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue assisted South County Fire, with about 50 firefighters on scene at the fire’s peak, according to fire officials.

As of Tuesday, investigators hadn’t determined how the fire started. The investigation remained active.

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