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Published: Sunday, July 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Snohomish County fire fatalities since 2004

  • Marysville firefighters investigate the scene of a fatal fire on Feb. 7, 2009.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Marysville firefighters investigate the scene of a fatal fire on Feb. 7, 2009.

At least 52 people died in fires in Snohomish County between May 2004 and January 2013, according to a Washington State Fire Marshal's Office report. Statewide, 63 fire deaths were reported in 2012, the agency said. What were the causes?

Locally, the common causes of fatal fires included smoking, electrical and heating appliances, cooking and children who were playing with lighters or matches. The state report is similar regarding causes.

The fatal fires happened at houses, mobile homes, sheds and cars.

Of those who died, common factors included age and disabilities that prevented escape, victims who were asleep and victims under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Local fire-safety experts caution that the state report may include preliminary information and not reflect all the findings of fire investigations, which can take months or years. Suicide and homicides also can be a factor in fatal fires but aren't as common as other causes, state data show.

Men are more likely to die in fires, especially older men, according to the state report. More than two-thirds of fire deaths involve victims 50 or older. Hearing loss and prescribed medications can be factors.

Young children and infants also are at risk due to their limited ability to escape a fire on their own or know what to do if a fire breaks out.

Statewide fire deaths, 2012

< 11033
11 to 19033
20 to 29123
30 to 39235
40 to 49336
50 to 595712
60 to 6951015
> 698715


Snohomish County fire fatalities, 2004-13

DateTimeFire departmentGenderAgeCauseDamageSmoke detector present?
2004/05/031:35 AMEverettMale49Cooking$150,000No
2004/07/103:29 AMArlingtonFemale62Electrical$150,000Yes
2004/11/284:35 PMEverettMale84Electrical$30,000No
2004/12/024:24 AMEverettFemale74SmokingUnknownNo
2005/01/138:18 PMGranite FallsMale68Undetermined$115,000No
2005/03/2310:25 PMLake StevensMale75Heating device$25,000Yes
2005/04/179:54 AMClearviewFemale23Undetermined$110,000Yes
2005/04/276:03 PMLynnwoodMale68Electrical$2,000Yes
2005/08/1511:32 AMFire District 1Male4Child with access to ignition device$300,000Yes
2005/08/1511:32 AMFire District 1Male6Child with access to ignition device$300,000Yes
2005/10/2711:26 PMEverettMale51Undetermined$30,000Yes
2005/12/135:07 AMEverettFemale63Smoking$500Yes
2006/03/194:20 PMUnclear from reportFemale81Heating device$230,000No
2006/03/235:45 AMLake StevensMale67Electrical$35,000No
2006/04/298:45 AMRobe ValleyMale77Heating deviceUnknownNo
2007/01/223:36 PMFire District 1Female27Hand-held lighter$300,000Unknown
2007/02/1310:12 PMSnohomishMale51Smoking$30,000No
2008/10/016:57 AMSnohomishFemale28Undetermined$10,000No
2008/10/016:57 AMSnohomishFemale7Undetermined$10,000No
2008/10/016:57 AMSnohomishFemale3Undetermined$10,000No
2008/10/016:57 AMSnohomishFemale25Undetermined$10,000No
2008/11/2110:54 PMNorth CountyMale11Child with access to ignition device$525,000Yes
2008/11/2110:54 PMNorth CountyMale10Child with access to ignition device$525,000Yes
2008/11/261:14 PMFire District 1Female65CookingUnknownYes
2009/01/036:06 AMEverettMale31Undetermined$600,000Yes
2009/02/072:59 PMMarysvilleMale52Undetermined$23,000Yes
2009/05/188:56 AMMonroeFemaleInfantElectrical$120,000Yes
2009/12/0812:20 AMClearviewFemale58Smoking$300,000Yes
2009/12/0911:00 AMEverettFemale51Heating device$1,000No
2009/12/105:56 PMEdmondsFemale84CookingUnknownYes
2009/12/112:18 PMMonroeMale76Heating deviceUnknownNo
2010/01/109:59 AMFire District 1Female70Smoking$200,000No
2010/02/107:16 PMMarysvilleFemale79Smoking$200,000Yes
2010/02/237:34 PMMonroeMale79Cooking$20,000Yes
2010/06/044:53 AMLake StevensMale62Smoking$105,700Yes
2010/08/081:25 AMEverettMale53Undetermined$200,000Yes
2011/01/294:54 AMDarringtonMale47Electrical$50,000Unknown
2011/01/294:54 AMDarringtonFemale83Electrical$50,000Unknown
2011/03/176:10 AMGranite FallsFemale66Electrical$114,514Yes
2011/03/211:34 PMCounty fire marshalMale37Undetermined$107,000Unknown
2011/09/144:30 PMSnohomish fire marshalMale44Other unintentional$80,000Unknown
2011/10/025:05 AMNorth CountyMale76Other unintentional$450,000No
2011/12/246:48 AMEverettMale31Undetermined$100,000Unknown
2012/01/0211:53 PMLynnwoodMale50Other unintentional$30,000Unknown
2012/02/151:28 PMArlingtonFemale55Other unintentional$140,000No
2012/04/283:30 AMEverettMale52Undetermined$300,000Unknown
2012/06/2411:29 PMEverettFemale72Other unintentional$5,000Yes
2012/10/104:51 PMFire District 1Male52Other unintentional$550,000Yes
2012/11/089:28 PMEverettMale61UndeterminedUnknownYes
2013/01/196:03 PMCounty fire marshalMale54Other unintentional$17,000No
2013/01/216:06 PMFire District 1Female61Other unintentional$50,000Yes
2013/01/263:29 PMCounty fire marshalMale68Other unintentional$5,000Unknown

SOURCE: Washington State Fire Marshal's Office

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