A car crashed through a power pole and into a house in Mountlake Terrace on Monday. A person in the car died, and the accident started a fire at the home. (Zachariah Bryan / The Herald)

A car crashed through a power pole and into a house in Mountlake Terrace on Monday. A person in the car died, and the accident started a fire at the home. (Zachariah Bryan / The Herald)

Woman dies after crashing car into Mountlake Terrace home

The vehicle went into a house, causing a fire, at 220th Street SW and 44th Avenue W, officials said.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — A young woman died Monday morning after she veered off the road in Mountlake Terrace, crashing through a telephone pole, a fence and into a house.

The vehicle caught fire, and flames spread to the two-story home at 220th Street SW and 44th Avenue W, said Mountlake Terrace police Cmdr. Pat Lowe.

The woman, estimated to be in her 20s, died at the scene. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will release her identity and cause of death.

A woman inside the house escaped without any significant injuries. She was taken to a hospital for smoke exposure as a precaution, said South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, but the house is uninhabitable, Hynes said. The Red Cross responded to assist the couple who live there.

A car sheared this power pole before crashing into a house and starting a fire in Mountlake Terrace Monday. One person in the car died. (South County Fire)

A car sheared this power pole before crashing into a house and starting a fire in Mountlake Terrace Monday. One person in the car died. (South County Fire)

The road was shut down as police and fire crews investigated the cause of the incident, and as Snohomish PUD workers fixed power lines. The Edmonds School District reported that bus routes could be affected for two nearby schools, Mountlake Terrace High School and Cedar Way Elementary.

According to Snohomish PUD spokesperson Aaron Swaney, the crash itself didn’t cause residents to lose power. The bottom of the pole was knocked out, but the top was still hanging from the wires.

The PUD had to shut off power, affecting about 400 customers, so crews could safely replace the pole. That was expected to be done by Monday evening.

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

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