February 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Body found in burning Kent motel room
A man’s body was found inside a Kent motel room this morning after firefighters put out a small fire.
Kent police Assistant Chief Pat Lowery said that fire crews were dispatched around 7 a.m. to a fire at the Sunset Motel, 25006 Pacific Highway S. The blaze started inside one room and spread to other units at the small motel, Lowery said.
“They were able to knock down the fire pretty quick and found the body of an adult male in one of the units,” Lowery said.
The man, who has not been identified, was found inside the unit where the fire is believed to have started. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Kent police and the Kent Fire Marshal’s Office.
Police say unit had been rented to a man for several weeks.
“We don’t know if the person who was renting the room was the person we found,” Lowery said. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the man’s identification and cause of death, he said.
Six people who live at the motel are being relocated by the Red Cross.
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