THE WEEKLY HERALD   EVERETT, WASHINGTON
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Smoking materials blamed in fire

  • An Aug. 15 fire destroyed an office building near 200th St. SW and Cedar Valley Road in Lynnwood.

    Contributed photo by Mike Whitesel

    An Aug. 15 fire destroyed an office building near 200th St. SW and Cedar Valley Road in Lynnwood.

LYNNWOOD — Discarded smoking materials apparently ignited the two-alarm blaze that destroyed a Lynnwood office building on Aug. 15.
The fire started about 3 p.m. at the northeast corner of the building along Cedar Valley Road, near its front door, Lynnwood fire spokeswoman Cathy Rizzo said Aug. 16. No injuries were reported.
Lynnwood fire investigators spent most of Aug. 16 on scene. Crews also remained overnight to monitor hot spots, Rizzo said.
They were still evaluating the damage, she said.
Property records show multiple owners for the two-story property, at least part of which was worth more than $1.18 million.
The building housed a variety of businesses, including law offices, an insurance agency and the headquarters for a local biodiesel company.
One occupant, marriage and family therapist Ellen Nelson, posted to her website Aug. 16, letting clients know she was working on finding a new space.
Her office was destroyed, she wrote.
The fire spread into the building through the crawl space and attic, Rizzo said. It took several hours to extinguish as smoke filled the air and drifted into nearby apartment complexes.
Heavy equipment was used to get into the building on Aug. 16 because of water and structural damage, Rizzo said.
Firefighters were working with the insurance company, public works, police and a demolition company.
About 30 people had jobs in the building.