Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

September 5, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Man arrested after 3 fires set in Pierce County

MIDLAND, Pierce County(AP) — A man was arrested and a church was destroyed after three fires were set in Pierce County early Thursday.

A 30-year-old man is in custody after officers caught him attempting to break into a house near where the three fires were set, said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.

The man was leaving the area when fire crews arrived and they got a good look at him, Troyer said. He says they think the man was attempting to hide from authorities when he was caught breaking into an occupied home.

Troyer says fires also were set to a car and an abandoned house. Initial estimates of the damage to the church are a $1 million.

The suspect was being interviewed by detectives. The fires broke out after midnight Thursday.

Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: arsons, church destroyed, Midland


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►