EDMONDS — Flames tore through a home in unincorporated Snohomish County near Edmonds on Saturday morning.
The blaze already had spread through most of the house by the time the first units arrived at about 7 a.m., said Steve Allison, a battalion chief with Fire District 1.
The first crews began putting water on the flames, but “we just ran out of manpower on scene,” Allison said.
Within 15 minutes of arriving at the fire, more firefighters rushed to help. More than 40 firefighters from four departments — Fire districts 1 and 7, Lynnwood and Everett — responded.
“Once we had the body of the fire knocked down, we went on the offensive,” he said.
Fire crews battled the flames back and searched the house, which was empty at the time.
After about 90 minutes, the fire was out and firefighters switched to mopping up.
Snohomish County fire investigators are trying to determine what started the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the house but no injuries.