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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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July 31, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Man gets exceptional sentence for torching Capitol Hill nightclub

The man who set a fire inside a crowded Capitol Hill gay nightclub on New Year’s Eve was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a federal arson charge this morning in U.S. District Court in Seattle. In a statement of responsibility submitted before this morning’s sentencing, Musab Mohammed Masmari admitted to setting the fire at Neighbours…

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July 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Early morning fire at Roosevelt home called suspicious

Seattle police say a fire that destroyed the porch on a home in the Roosevelt neighborhood this morning is suspicious. The fire was reported shortly after 2 a.m. by a man who called 911 when smoke began pouring into a bedroom on the second floor of his home in the 800 block of Northeast 72nd Street, police said. Firefighters…

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July 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Renton woman accused of setting husband on fire arrested

Renton police have arrested a 40-year-old woman who they say poured gasoline on her husband and set him on fire Wednesday. Police arrested Tatanysha M. Hedman on Thursday night for investigation of first-degree assault and first-degree arson. Police did not say where she was arrested. The victim, a 52-year-old Renton man, walked into a 7-Eleven store at South 129th Street and…

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