Woman wrongly accused of 2016 Kent strip mall arson to receive $100,000 settlement

  • Source: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
  • Published: 10/23/2019 11:56 AM

A local woman who filed suit after she was wrongly investigated and charged with first-degree felony arson will receive a $100,000 settlement. The Seattle Times reports that the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority has settled the civil-rights lawsuit with 66-year-old Linda Poplawski of Des Moines. Authorities say the arson charges resulted from a November 2016 fire in a Kent strip mall that leveled a Dollar Tree store and damaged two other businesses. Seventy-five firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze. Poplawski declined an interview about the settlement. But in an earlier interview with KOMO News, she said she still remembers the humiliation she felt while standing in the courtroom, accused of a felony. She was charged after a Dollar Tree employee told investigators Poplawksi threatened to start the fire just before flames erupted.


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