LYNNWOOD — Both children killed in a Lynnwood fire died of smoke inhalation, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Tuesday.
The siblings were identified as Mardoqueo Jimenez Lopez, 7, and Victoria Jimenez Lopez, 15, of Shoreline.
The brother and sister were visiting a relative around 2:40 p.m. Sunday at the Lynnwood Townhouse Apartments, when a fire broke out. The exact cause of the fire remained under investigation this week.
More than 45 firefighters responded to the scene, a seven-unit building of two-story apartments at 6707 196th St. SW. Fifteen people were displaced.
A man, woman and her 11-year-old son escaped, though the surviving child suffered from smoke inhalation.
Mardoqueo and Victoria could not escape. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Crisis counseling teams were available for children and staff at Mardoqueo’s elementary school and Victoria’s middle school, Shoreline School District spokesman Curtis Campbell said.