LAKE FOREST PARK — At 3:23 a.m. Thursday, July 28, the Northshore Fire Department responded to the report of a fire in a multi-family structure in the 14800 block of Bothell Way NE. Upon arrival, firefighters observed occupants evacuating the building as a result of a pulled fire alarm box. Adjacent to the main entry, firefighters observed smoke emitting from an exterior wall. Firefighters opened the wall and extinguished the fire. All occupants evacuated safely, and there were no firefighter injuries.
A King County Fire Investigator determined the cause to be a discarded cigarette in the planter area near the wall, which ignited a small bark fire that extended to the exterior wall. Fire damage was limited to the exterior wall.
Carelessly discarded cigarettes, cigars, matches or other burning objects may cause fires that have the potential to create serious life-threatening situations.