VIDEO: A Sequim man is facing arson, assault and other charges after Clallam County officials say he sprayed gasoline on a van, gas pumps and witnesses and then set a fire.
The whole incident captured on surveillance video shows the actions of a quick-thinking employee, who prevented what deputies said could have been a catastrophic event.
Deputies were called to the Longhouse Market and Deli at 271020 Highway 101 in Blyn around 9:20 a.m. on June 1 after getting a 911 call that someone was drenching cars in gasoline at the gas pumps and threatening to set them on fire.
Dispatchers then told deputies, who were on their way to the scene, that the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old David S. Johnson, had set a van on fire before stealing a truck and fleeing east on Highway 101 toward Jefferson County.
KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
It took firefighters two hours to contain a blaze that burned on multiple properties and torched multiple structures on Wednesday in the Soap Lake area.
Firefighters say the blaze at 915 Road 19 NE was first called out at 2:29 p.m.
Authorities say the fire started in the backyard of a home, but the cause remains under investigation.
The fast-moving fire destroyed a five-bedroom home, burned two RVs, a shed, and a boat before jumping across SR 17 into an alfalfa field.
In total, the blaze burned less than an acre, but was destructive in the confined space.
Firefighters were able to contain and control the fire at around 4:30 p.m. and fully extinguished it just before 6:30 p.m. No one was hurt
Much of the Western U.S. is in a drought right now, and after one of the driest springs in 100 years, Eastern Washington is no exception, with the state having issued a drought advisory for everywhere east of the Cascades and south of the Puget Sound.
The first of its kind ever issued in Washington, the drought advisory warns people that conditions are ripe for a drought, and that they should take precautions, such as being conservative with water usage.
While the Seattle area is wet enough, “the east side of the mountains has been extraordinarily dry, so we really still have some pretty serious conditions on the Eastside in terms of drought,” said Jeff Marti, water resources planner and drought coordinator for the Department of Ecology.
KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Seattle firefighters say there was evidence of “transient activity" before a massive fire broke out inside a vacant building near Seattle Center Tuesday.
The building used to be a dance club years ago before shutting down, and police say they've gotten calls about squatters in the past.
Firefighters said the cause has been ruled as ‘undetermined’ because it has been too dangerous for them to go inside the building.
As fire investigators dig for answers into what sparked a fire at a notorious vacant building on Harrison Street, neighbors said they're not surprised it happened in the first place.
“I don’t think it will be very missed,” said Dexter Rothschild who works in the area. "They probably should burn it down because I haven’t seen any productivity from this building.”
KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
An “aging” refrigerator caught fire and sparked a chain reaction that destroyed a home, Washington police said.
The Burien home is a “complete loss” after the fridge malfunctioned and caught fire in the garage around 6:20 a.m. May 30, according to a news release the King County Sheriff’s Office posted Tuesday.
The flame ignited a propane tank that was being used to keep the refrigerator’s door closed and “torched the SUV parked nearby,” the sheriff’s office said.
“The good news is the owner and his two dogs escaped unharmed,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities warned residents that storing older refrigerators in uninsulated garages increases the likelihood of incidents like this.
“Aging compressors and other components are no longer able to withstand the swings in temperatures we experience in the Northwest,” the sheriff’s office said.
Tacoma News Tribune - Metered Site
Seattle is the first major American city to fully vaccinate at least 70% of residents 12 and older, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Wednesday.
Seattle surpassed San Francisco, which led the country in vaccinations.
Currently, 78% of Seattle's population 12 years old and up has at least begun the vaccination process.
“When we launched our vaccination effort earlier this year, I said that I wanted Seattle to become the first major American city to fully vaccinate 70% of its residents. Today, I am incredibly proud that we have reached that goal,” Durkan said.
“Now that we have reached community protection, we can lead the nation in safely reopening and recovering in earnest," she added.
To date, the city has administered more than 249,000 vaccinations -- or more than 131,000 people.
KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle