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December 29, 2014 at 6:22 AM

Arson fire burns vacant Beacon Hill house

The Associated Press The Seattle Fire Department says a fire Sunday at a vacant house in the Beacon Hill neighborhood was set. There were no injuries. The Fire Department estimates damage at $60,000. KIRO reports the fire was started on the outside and burned the top portion of the house. Neighbors say tenants had moved out a couple of…


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December 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Man threatens customers, torches sign at Roosevelt shop

Seattle police say a man set fire to a sandwich board at a Roosevelt coffee shop and threatened to burn the business down. Witnesses told police the man put some cloth on top of the sign outside the shop in the 6400 block of 12th Avenue Northeast around 1:30 p.m. Monday and lit it with a lighter. He kept flicking the lighter…


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November 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Man accused of setting ex-wife on fire says someone hit him on head

A 55-year-old Lynnwood man claims he was knocked unconscious Sunday before his home was set on fire, severely burning his ex-wife and leaving her in critical condition, according to court documents released Tuesday. However,  the man has been arrested for investigation of attempted murder and arson. Firefighters responded to the fire at the home in the 6200 block of 193rd…


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November 17, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Lynnwood woman critically injured in probable arson fire; man arrested

Update at 8:45 p.m.: A man found inside a burning house Sunday night in Lynnwood was taken into custody Monday evening in connection with the probable arson fire, police said. The man was booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of first-degree arson and first-degree attempted murder, according to the Lynnwood Police Department. A woman who was also found…


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October 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for torching apartments at WSU

The Seattle Times PULLMAN — A man who admitted setting a fire that destroyed portions of a student apartment complex under construction at Washington State University will spend more than four years in federal prison. A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced 33-year-old Bryan Lee Kitchen for starting the fire that burned 88 units at The Grove apartment…


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October 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Vancouver, Wash., man accused of setting mother’s house on fire

The Associated Press VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Vancouver man accused of setting his mother’s house on fire when she refused to buy him cigarettes has been ordered held on $75,000 bail. The Columbian reports the fire burned a 4-by-4-foot section of carpet and a towel inside a bedroom. Richard K. Cameron appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court…


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September 29, 2014 at 5:49 AM

Spokane Valley reports 23 suspicious fires in under 2 weeks

The Spokesman-Review Spokane County and Spokane Valley fire crews responded to more suspicious fires over the weekend, heightening concerns that a serial arsonist has set almost two dozen blazes. A total of 21 brush fires and two house fires in the past week and a half are considered suspicious by investigators. “We’re very frustrated,” said Assistant Chief Greg…


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September 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Olympia man sentenced to 6 years for setting wife afire

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A man who poured lighter fluid on his wife’s legs and set her on fire was sentenced Tuesday in Olympia to more than six years in prison. It was the second sentencing for Duane M. Rader who had a previous 10-year sentence for arson and assault overturned on appeal. The Olympian reports Rader…


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September 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Police suspect arson in three West Seattle fires

Three overnight fires in West Seattle may have been deliberately set, and Seattle police and the fire marshal are investigating. Police received a call just before midnight Friday, after two people said they saw a man set fire to a dumpster in the 4300 block of Southwest Admiral Way.  The witnesses reported yelling at the suspect before he ducked…


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August 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

2 sentenced to prison for killing Kent woman, burning her body

A Kent man was sentenced to 45 ½ years in prison for killing a woman and burning her body in her car near Black Diamond in May 2012. A King County jury last month found 32-year-old Kennon Fastrup of first-degree murder, second-degree arson, attempting to elude police and violating a no-contact order. Fastrup’s co-defendant, Michelle Backstrom, 37, was…


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