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Tag: arson

Aug.
16th

UPDATED: House fire on Lake Tapps believed to be arson

Investigators are looking into a house fire early Sunday on the eastern shore of Lake Tapps that’s believed to be an arson.

No one was inside the home in the 4000 block of 218th Avenue East when the fire started. Firefighters were notified about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Crews from East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Riverside Fire & Rescue, Valley Regional Fire, Milton Fire and Enumclaw battled the two-alarm fire, East Pierce Fire & Rescue reported.

Crews blocked off both lanes of 218th Avenue East for several hours while crews got the blaze under control.

Investigators with Pierce County and East

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July
8th

Puyallup police, Central Pierce Fire investigating two arsons

Puyallup police and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue are investigating two recent arsons at the former Pioneer Museum.

The first fire occurred June 27 at 4 a.m. on the 2100 block of 19th Avenue SE, and the second took place Sunday a little before 2 a.m. in the same area. Both fires burned abandoned buildings formerly used for the Museum.

Investigators and firefighters are going door-to-door, dropping off flyers and talking with residents in hopes of getting information leading to an arrest. Puyallup police have increased patrols of the area and are encouraging residents to immediately report any suspicious or

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June
23rd

14 counts filed against suspected Tacoma arsonist

Thomas John Eurell got mad when a Federal Way police officer gave him a traffic ticket a few months back.

Eurell, 29, decided to get even by setting a dozen fires in Tacoma, according to court documents.

“He explained that he set the fires to waste law enforcement’s time and money,” Pierce County deputy prosecutor Dawn Farina wrote in charging papers filed today.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Eurell with two counts of first-degree arson, 10 counts of second-degree arson and two counts of making a false or misleading statement to a public servant. A conviction for first-degree arson counts as

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June
22nd

Police nab suspect in 13 Northeast Tacoma arsons

The suspect in a string of 13 arsons in Northeast Tacoma in May has been arrested.

Detectives brought in the man for questioning, and he admitted to lighting trees and landscaping bushes on fire in the area of 49th Avenue Northeast and 32nd Street Northeast, according to Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum.

The man, whose younger brother helped him in three of the blazes, told detectives that he set the fires because he was upset about a traffic ticket he received.

The suspect was booked into the Pierce County Jail today for second-degree arson, and his brother was booked into

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May
27th

UPDATED: Possible attempted arson reported overnight in Northeast Tacoma

Tacoma police are investigating an early morning possible attempted arson in the Northeast part of the city.

Officers were called to the 3700 block of 49th Avenue Northeast just after 1 a.m. today, police reported. Witnesses reported seeing a person trying to light a small tree on fire. Nothing was ever ignited, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

“There is no evidence or indication that anything was actually lit on the fire,” he added.

The suspect fled in an unknown direction. Officers set up containment and a police dog tried to look for the suspect. The suspect was not located.

Detectives

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May
25th

UPDATED: Firefighters respond to blaze overnight in Northeast Tacoma

Tacoma police and firefighters were investigating whether an overnight fire in Northeast Tacoma is related to a string of suspicious fires in the area over the past three weeks.

The most recent fire was reported just before 2:30 a.m. today at 2741 58th Ave. N.E., Tacoma fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said. Firefighters doused the flames in the bushes.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters cleared the scene about 3:30 a.m.

The previous fires have been concentrated in the area of 49th Avenue Northeast and 32nd Street Northeast and between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. The flames have burned

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May
19th

Investigators look into suspicious fires in Northeast Tacoma

Tacoma police and firefighters are investigating a series of suspicious fires in the Northeast Tacoma area.

Over the past three weeks, the fires have been set late at night and have been concentrated in the area of 49th Avenue Northeast and 32nd Street Northeast, Tacoma police spokeswoman Gretchen Aguirre said.

The fires have burned outside. No one has been injured.

Investigators were researching how many fires have occurred and could be connected to the same person. They were not releasing a number as of this morning, Aguirre said.

“There’s been a series and they appear to be related,” she said.

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