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Over a dozen people displaced after fire at Lynnwood apartment complex

Eleven adults and four children were displaced by a 2-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Lynnwood early Tuesday morning. No injuries have been reported.

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — More than a dozen people were forced from their homes after a 2-alarm fire broke out at an apartment complex in Lynnwood Tuesday morning.

After reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses, investigators determined the cause of the fire was likely arson, according to the Lynnwood Police Department. 

Crews with South County Fire responded after midnight to a report of a car fire at an apartment complex on the 19300 block of 46th Avenue West, which is located just north of the Fred Meyer store on 196th Street.

When crews arrived, they saw the fire had spread to the apartment complex and called for a second alarm. South County Fire tweeted just after 1:45 a.m. that the fire was under control.

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Ten units were damaged by fire and water, according to the YWCA, which operates the housing complex.

The Red Cross responded to the scene and took the 15 residents to a nearby hotel. Eleven adults and four children were displaced from their homes.  

“We’re grateful no one was harmed, and appreciate the supportive response of community partners,” stated Mary Anne Dillon, Executive Director of Snohomish County YWCA. “Our immediate priority is to identify what each family needs to survive right now, from prepared meals and personal care items, to clothing and car seats – as well as what they need to recover and rebuild housing stability for the long-term."

Those who want to donate to help cover the cost of temporary shelter for displaced families can visit the YWCA's website.

Neighbors told KING 5 they could feel the heat from the fire across the street.

“It was just nerve-wracking,” one neighbor told KING 5. “You know, to see something go up in flames like that. I mean, it went quick, and fire is a very dangerous thing.”

No injuries have been reported. 

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