Lynnwood fire on 196th claims two Shoreline children


Last updated 11/7/2019 at 11:25am

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner has identified 7-year-old Mardoqueo Jimenez Lopez and 15-year-old Victoria Jimenez Lopez, both of Shoreline, as the victims of a Lynnwood apartment fire Sunday, Nov. 2. Both died from smoke inhalation.

Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

According to South County Fire spokeswoman Leslie Hynes, the siblings were visiting relatives at the apartment in the 6700 block of 196th Street SW, near Edmonds Community College, when fire broke out around 2:40 p.m.

Responding crews from South County Fire saw a large column of black smoke as they approached the scene. Flames erupted from windows on both floors of the two-story apartment near the center of a seven-unit building when firefighters arrived.

The firefighters made a quick attack to attempt a rescue and located the two deceased juveniles.

The apartment residents – a man, a woman and her 11-year-old son – were outside when firefighters arrived. The boy was exposed to smoke as he exited the apartment. He was transported by medic unit to Swedish Edmonds Hospital and released Sunday night.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury. He was transported to Swedish Edmonds and released Sunday night.

Firefighters from Mukilteo Fire and Snohomish County Fire District 7 provided automatic aid to South County Fire. At the peak of the fire, more than 45 firefighters were on the scene.

The apartment where the fire started was heavily damaged. Neighboring units on both sides of the fire unit sustained smoke and water damage. Other units in the building also sustained smoke damage.

The fire displaced about 15 residents. They received assistance from Red Cross and Support 7.

South County Fire, Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office, Lynnwood Fire and ATF are conducting the investigation into the cause of the fire.


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