Lynnwood house fire injures one, forces family out

LYNNWOOD — One man was injured in a fire that caused $120,000 in damage to a home west of Lake Serene on Thursday.

A family of three was home at the time of fire, and a man exposed to smoke and flames was taken to Providence Everett Medical Center, Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said. Further information about his condition was unavailable because of a federal health care privacy law.

The fire was reported at 8:35 a.m. in the 5600 block of 138th Place SW, Hynes said. The blaze appears to have started when pants left to dry on top of a gas-fired stove ignited and flames spread to the rest of the family room, said fire investigator Bruce Pulver.

Firefighters contained the flames to the family room in the basement of the home, but heavy smoke damage throughout the structure left the house uninhabitable. The family has insurance and is receiving assistance from the Red Cross.


Sex offender sought: The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a sex offender who failed to register.

A warrant has been issued for David J. Torrence, 39, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1995.

He failed to register as a Level 3 sex offender and report to the Department of Corrections after he was released from the Snohomish County Jail on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. He was in custody on unrelated charges.

Torrence is described as black, 5 feet 7 inches, 173 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

Deputies are asking anyone who knows where Torrence is to call 911. Callers can also leave anonymous tips on the Crime Stoppers tip line at 800-CRIME-13 (800-274-6313).

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