- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Officials say one man was injured in a fire that destroyed a western Washington home Monday afternoon.

A neighbor reported the house fire in Everett just after 2:30 p.m., and the injured man was already outside the home when firefighters arrived. He was taken to a nearby medical center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokesperson Leslie Hynes said in a prepared statement that the man’s wife wasn’t home when the fire broke out and there were no other injuries.

The two-story house was engulfed when fire crews arrived, and a large column of black smoke was visible from the neighboring city of Bellevue.

Firefighters from four departments responded. The roof of the home collapsed and the home is considered a total loss. Hynes said the owners do not have insurance.

The blaze remains under investigation.

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