Northwest NEWS

January 18, 1999

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'Suspicious' fire under investigation

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   DUVALL--Police had been called twice to domestic violence incidents at the same location where firefighters found three separate structures burning last Thursday, according to King County Sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart.

   "We are calling it suspicious," said Urquhart. "But we don't have a suspect and it is not yet a confirmed arson. The Fire Marshal is investigating."

   A neighbor called in the fire report, said Fire District 45 spokesman Stu Rowe. The fire was at a location south of Duvall on NE 120th. "The area was secluded, which was why it was not reported when it first started," said Rowe.

   Firefighters arrived on the scene to find an outbuilding, a large shop, and a double-wide mobile home all burning. Rowe said the one-lane dirt road made it easy enough for the first fire crews to get in, but not the ones who followed.

   Units from Duvall, Woodinville, Redmond, and Eastside Fire & Rescue were called to the scene and found themselved jammed up on the narrow road. Trucks from Monroe arrived to cover the Duvall stations.

   Rowe said the shop with two vehicles inside was fully involved when fire units arrived. "We could see right through the building," he said. "Everything was totalled." Fire crews were able to save most of the mobile home, however.

   Rowe said no one was at the residence and there were no injuries among the firefighters.