Man presumed dead after 3-alarm apartment fire in Everett

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 9:37 PM

One person may have been trapped in a fire that destroyed a more than 100-year-old apartment building in Everett Thursday night.

It could be days before firefighters are able to enter the burned out building to see whether the elderly tenant was trapped inside.

He lived on the top floor of the building, which is located in the heart of downtown Everett on Hewitt Avenue. Firefighters said they opened the door of his apartment and all they could see was fire.

The 13-unit building was built in 1894 and is made of brick. Firefighters said the age of the building likely caused it to partially cave in.

Firefighters battling the massive fire from the roof were called down because of safety concerns.

Fire Marshal Rick Robinson says the brick and wood structure is too dangerous to enter and is in jeopardy of collapsing because of the fire damage.

“It could be Monday,” Robinson said.

The building had no sprinkler system and no alarm system.

"I opened my door and my hallway was filled with smoke. I just grabbed my wallet and ran out the back door," a resident described.

Comcast Arena, just down the street from the building, opened its doors to the people displaced by the fire.

Two adjacent buildings, an antique shop and pizza restaurant, were also destroyed in the fire.

Firefighters from Lynnwood and Mukilteo were called in to help Everett firefighters attack the massive fire.

It took firefighters six hours to get the fire under control.

It's still unclear what caused the fire.

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