'Life is worth living': Apartment resident recalls deadly Everett bar fire
EVERETT, WASH. -- The Everett Fire Marshal’s Office still hasn’t released the cause of a blaze early Sunday that killed a man and destroyed an apartment complex.
Assistant Fire Marshal Steve Goforth said when fire crews were called to Harvey’s Pub around 12:30 a.m. flames were shooting through the roof. He said people managed to escape after hearing a fire alarm.
But Goforth said one man died inside one of the apartments above the bar.
Isabelo Serrano said the man was sleeping on his sofa when the alarm started ringing.
“I heard beep, beep, beep,” Serrano said, as he stood in the shards of soot and broken glass Sunday afternoon. “I opened one of the doors and I saw [the] smoke and I shook him, I said ‘get up, get up.' We gotta get out of here. We gotta get out of here’.”
Serrano said he thought the man, who he only knew as “Steve,” was behind him. He didn’t realize he was alone until he reached other people gathering outside.
“I was trying to get him, but I couldn’t get him. I was almost ready to pass out,” Serrano said.
Goforth said it took fire crews some time to get to the man’s body. He says the apartment where the man was found had the heaviest smoke and fire damage.
The man has not been identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Serrano said he was going to train the man to become an electrician.
“He has a daughter. He has a brother that I know of. He was a great person,” Serrano said.
Goforth said the apartments are a total loss and the bar suffered massive smoke and water damage.
Serrano, who stayed with friends after the fire, was stunned by what he saw when he returned to the building Sunday afternoon. The roof was gone, the windows were missing and all that was left were pieces of charred wooden framing.
“Everything I had was up there,” he said sadly.
Serrano managed to get inside his former home and was surprised and thankful by one thing he found – a pillow that featured a photo of his infant grandson, a little boy he called his “Nugget.”
“My grandson, my pride and joy,” he said.
Serrano said he looked at the pillow as a reminder to be happy he’s safe and healthy.
“Life is worth living. Take every moment, like it’s your last,” he said.