3-year-old twin girls injured in Everett apartment fire

EVERETT, Wash. - Three-year-old twin girls were sent to the hospital after an apartment fire in Everett on Monday, Everett Fire said.

The Everett fire marshal, LeRoy McNulty, said the twins were awake and speaking when they arrived at Harborview Medical Center. He said the girls both suffered from smoke inhalation but were expected to survive.

On Monday night, a Harborview spokeswoman said the twins were 3 years old, not 2, as was earlier reported. She said one girl was in serious condition in the intensive care unit, while the other one was in satisfactory condition.

According to McNulty, their mother was outside and the girls were inside the apartment when another fire marshal happened to be driving by, saw the thermal column in the air, followed it and helped pull out the twins and evacuate neighboring units. McNulty called him a hero.

"He was dressed with very light clothes on. He went in and got the kids out. He got everybody else out of the building. He told the people on the top floor to get out as rapidly as possible," said McNulty.

The fire was on the south end of Everett in the Olin Fields apartment at 10115 Holly Dr. Three units were involved.

One firefighter suffered a minor hand injury.

No further information was immediately available.

This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.