Everett, WA– Just after 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 24 Everett Fire responded to a three-alarm structure fire at Judd & Black Appliance, 3001 Hewitt Avenue. One of the oldest buildings in the city.
The initial report was a dumpster fire on the north side of the building at Judd & Black Appliance. Once on scene, firefighters checked the inside of the structure and found the fire had extended into the interior of the building. As firefighting efforts continued, the building, which at this point had been deemed structurally unsafe, suffered a partial collapse. There were no reported injuries.
“It is too soon to know how the fire started. Investigators are on scene to determine the origin and cause of the fire,” according to a statement from Fire Chief Dave DeMarco in an Everett Fire Department issued press release.
Snohomish County PUD responded to secure the power for safety purposes, which affected the nearby area.
Mutual aid was provided by Marysville Fire District, Naval Station Everett, South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue, Snohomish County Fire District #4 and #22.
Everett Police and Washington State Department of Transportation assisted with street closures, which remain in place on the West and South side of the structure. Maple Street between Hewitt Avenue and California Street will remain closed for an indefinite amount of time.
The 3000 block of Hewitt Avenue, westbound onto the Hewitt Avenue Trestle, is currently closed, but is expected to be open in the near future.