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Published on June 20, 2024
Marysville Neighborhood Rocked by Explosion and Fire, Injuring Two and Causing $150K in DamagesSource: Google Street View

An explosion followed by a fire in Marysville on Tuesday afternoon resulted in serious injuries and significant damage to a residence located within the Tulalip Tribes Reservation. According to KOMO News, the incident occurred in the area of the 2800 block of 81st Street NE, with the Marysville Fire District indicating that a man in his 30s has been hospitalized, and a young woman sustained injuries that did not require hospitalization.

Responding to a 2:30 p.m. call about the explosion and ensuing fire, firefighters arrived five minutes later to a working fire. The first engine attempted to contain the blaze to the building where it started. A neighbor, who witnessed the incident, related the community's close-knit nature, expressing shock and providing assistance to the affected family. "Their kids know my kids," the neighbor told The Herald. Her family gave clothes to the children who escaped from the the burning home.

The event has shaken the neighborhood, with another neighbor describing the explosion as a powerful enough shock to shake their entire house. The aftermath was characterized by a lingering sulfur-like smell and visible smoke damage to the home, which sustained an estimated $150,000 in damages. The Herald reports that another nearby resident compared the incident's intensity to something beyond the familiar sounds of fireworks around the Fourth of July, saying, "nothing like this."

Multiple agencies, including the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Washington State Patrol bomb squad, are involved in the investigation of the explosion's cause. Mark Sutter of the Marysville Fire District mentioned fireworks as a possibility, but noted that it was too early to confirm any cause. The full extent of the incident is still unfolding, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward as the investigation continues.