Arson suspected in Westgate garage fire

A second garage fire appears to be an accident
By Brian Soergel | Mar 01, 2017

Two garage fires in Edmonds keep firefighters and police busy this week. One was the result of suspected arson, and the other appears to be an accident.

A fire in an attached garage in Westgate was the result of arson, Edmonds police say. Residents in the 9200 block of 224th Street SW were woken at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, by a large explosion, and called 911.

The first arriving patrol officers found the garage of the three-bedroom house at 9222 224th St. SW, built in 1968, fully engulfed. Neighbors told officers the house, which public records show is owned by Velma McLennan, was vacant.

One neighbor was able to provide surveillance video showing a vehicle leaving the area, and said the adult son of the homeowner had that type of car. Officers were able to locate a record for the adult son, a 65-year-old man from the Town of Woodway.

Officers found the man at his Woodway address, and he appeared to have just arrived home. He smelled of gasoline, police said. He was arrested for investigation of arson, and officers found matches and a lighter in his pocket.

The man cooperated with investigators and was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for arson.

“Detectives have been working on this case since 4 a.m. and are still in the investigation process,” Sgt. Shane Hawley said. “Exact details related to the source of the fire are not available, as we continue to work with fire investigators on this case.”

The other garage fire was reported by a neighbor at about 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, and led firefighters to a two-car detached garage in the 23300 block of 96th Avenue West, south of Edmonds Way.

The garage was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said. Fire was contained to the garage, which is about 20 feet from the house.

There were no injuries.

The case is under investigation, but the cause appears to be an accident, Hynes said. Damage to structure and contents, including a car that was inside the garage, is estimated at $100,000.

 

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