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Suspected Fall City arsonist in custody
Police arrested a man in his mid-30s on Monday night in
connection with an early morning house fire in Fall City, said Craig Muller, an
investigator with the King County Fire Investigation Unit. Muller expected
to turn the case over to the King County Prosecutor's Office by
Wednesday, after the Valley Record went to press. The man will probably be
charged with second-degree arson. Officials would not release any further
information about the suspect.
According to Fall City fire chief Chris Connor, a passerby
spotted flames coming from the basement of the home in the 3010 block of
309th Avenue Southeast. When crews arrived, the fire had already spread to
the first floor of the two-story home. Firefighters were able to get the
blaze under control within 10 to 15 minutes, Connor said. Crews from
Eastside Fire & Rescue assisted with the effort.
However, two blackened areas near the southeast and northeast
corners of the home signified that there was probably foul play involved
in the fire.
"It looked pretty suspicious to us and as it turns out, it was
suspicious," Connor said, adding that an accelerant was used in the
arson. "Usually a fire starts from one place."
"There are some accidental causes for multiple origins, but
usually, it's that someone tried to set it in more than one place," he added.
The vacant home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Connor
said that there was a person who had permission to stay temporarily at
the home, but the visitor was not in the building when it caught on fire.
Muller said the fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damage.