Firefighters rescued three puppies after a Christmas tree went up in flames and caused more than $175,000 damage to a home in the Silver Firs neighborhood east of Mill Creek last night.
Fire District 1 told us that the fire was "reported at a split-level home in the 13800 block of Silver Firs Drive. One woman was home at the time of the fire, and was able to safely exit the home. Her husband and her 8-year-old daughter had left to go to the store shortly before the fire."
"The woman told firefighters she was in another area of the house and returned to the living room to find the Christmas tree in flames," said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1. "The fire was growing quickly and she immediately fled from the house."
It took firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 about 15 minutes to get the fire under control. As the crews made their way through the smoke-filled house, they rescued four 3-week-old puppies from the living room.
"The crew from Fire District 7's Engine 77 – Rick Peters, Ryan, England and Jeremy Stocker – brought the puppies out. Rick Peters gave them mouth-to-snout breaths to revive them and the crew administered oxygen," Hynes said. "One didn't make it, but the other three were transported to Diamond Veterinary Clinic in Everett for treatment."
A cat was inside at the time of the fire but was able to escape safely. The two parent dogs were outside at the time of the fire and were not injured.
Unfortunately, the house was left uninhabitable even though the fire was contained to the living room. The heavy smoke damage throughout the upper floor was what caused the extra damage. Support 7 and the American Red Cross responded to assist the family. Thankfully, the family has insurance.
An investigator from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal's office determined the fire was started when too many strings of Christmas lights were hooked together and became overheated.