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January 29, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Fire in vacant Renton house ruled arson

UPDATED at 11 a.m. with number of fires clarified. Renton fire officials said that a fire in a vacant house Wednesday night has been ruled an arson. Chad Michael, Renton’s deputy fire chief, said the fire that engulfed one of the three homes on the property at 18215 140th Avenue Southeast was started in a mattress. One…

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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 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 13, 2014 at 6:39 AM

2 Twisp men arrested for setting back burns

The Associated Press OKANOGAN, Wash. — The Okanogan County sheriff’s office says two Twisp men were arrested for investigation of arson for setting unauthorized back burns at a wildfire. The sheriff’s office says 63-year-old Larry D. Smith was booked into jail Tuesday for setting a back burn on Forest Service land and private property. He also was…

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July 18, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Fires close several highways east of Cascades

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: I-90 eastbound is now open, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Original post: The effects of fire and smoke continued to pose challenges for travelers in Central and Eastern Washington this morning. Among the high-impact closures: Highway 2 is closed through Tumwater Canyon west of Leavenworth. No detour was available Friday morning…

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December 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Burn ban lifted for King, Snohomish and Pierce counties

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted a burn ban in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties Monday morning. The ban had been put into effect Sunday morning because of stagnant weather conditions and increasing levels of air pollution. The ban prohibited the use of fireplaces and uncertified woodstoves in all three counties. In addition, the use…

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June 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Three suspicious fires at WSU cause $800,000 in damage

A series of suspected arsons on Washington State University’s Pullman campus have caused more than $800,000 in damage, and campus police are advising faculty and students to report anything suspicious. The most recent fire happened early Tuesday and damaged a laboratory in an annex of McCoy Hall, the school’s original veterinary teaching hospital, said spokesman Darin…

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