EVERETT, Wash. -- Arson detectives are investigating a fatal apartment fire in Everett.
The two-alarm fire happened just before 7 a.m. Sunday at The Hodges in the 1800 block of Hewitt Avenue.
Gregory Sanderson said his roommate banged on the door and told him the building was on fire.
"I just grabbed as much as I could grab, I had to leave my cat behind, I couldn't find him,” he said.
David Sours lives one floor below and ran upstairs to see if he could help. He says a resident in that corner apartment was trying to put the fire out.
"He tried to push that door open and put the fire extinguisher in there for two second and I guess he seen it was out of control,” said Sours.
While crews were fighting the fire, they found a person deceased in the building.
Aaron Snell with Everett Police said any time there is a major fire or a fatality involved in the fire, arson investigators are called out to the scene.
"At this point in time there really isn't anything that would make us believe it's arson, however, this is just standard procedure for us."
Some people were eventually able to go back inside and grab a few possessions. Anderson was relieved to find his cat.
"People are just getting what little they own, I'm just happy I got my animal,” he said.
The Red Cross set up a shelter and building maintenance workers are trying to do repairs so people can get back inside.
"All I know is that's an awful lot of damage and we're all out on the street,” said Sours. “Yeah, somebody passed away and it's two weeks before Christmas.”
Anyone with information about this incident was asked to call 911 or the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at (425) 257-8450.