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Police arrest suspect in connection to fires in Marysville

 

Sue Stevenson

Marysville firefighters battle a fire at an abandoned home on June 14. It was one of five fires Marysville Police believe were set by a 38-year-old woman who was taken into custody later in the day.

Marysville Fire District firefighters battled five fires on June 14: one at an abandoned home and four debris/brush fires in a wooded area off of State Avenue. Marysville Police believe that all five fires were intentionally set and have one adult female in custody.

Just after 2:10 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 11000 block of State Avenue for a report of smoke coming from an abandoned home. Arriving firefighters observed flames in the structure and launched a defensive attack to keep the fire under control, according to Christie Veley, Marysville Fire District, public education and information specialist.

About 30 minutes after the initial fire was reported, and while firefighters continued working to get it under control, smoke was observed from a small fire burning in a wooded area directly across the street on State Avenue. First responders discovered a total of four fires burning in the wooded area, with the largest involving tires and other debris. It took firefighters more than two hours to gain control over all of the fires.

All five fires started within a period of 90 minutes and Marysville Police believe all were intentionally set. MPD will be handling the investigation, with assistance from Marysville Fire District and the Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office.

In order to maintain emergency service coverage during this incident, Marysville received mutual aid from eight fire agencies including Everett, Silvana, Getchell, Tulalip Bay, Lake Stevens, Snohomish Co. Fire District 7, Granite Falls and Arlington.

Marysville officers have arrested an adult female in connection with a series of five fires set in succession n Marysville.

At 2:11 p.m. on June 14, officers responded to assist the Marysville Fire District with traffic control in the area of a fire of an abandoned house. While firefighters were attacking the house fire, a small brush fire started up to the west across the street. A third fire, west of the first two and in a heavily wooded area, was then noticed. This fire was larger than the second and was started in a large pile of tires and other garbage and debris. A fourth and fifth fire were started north and west of the others and closer to Interstate-5.

Officers began a K-9 track, searching for the suspect responsible for the series of fires. It was during this time an officer located a woman in the 3900 block of 116th St. that had black soot on her face and hands. Contact was made with the subject, who clearly smelled like smoke to the officer. The woman, a 38-year-old Marysville resident, was taken into custody just before 3:45 p.m. The arrested woman had a warrant for her arrest for a 2017 Reckless Burning charge. She was booked into the City of Marysville Jail on the warrant. Detectives are continuing to investigate the arson fires, according to Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux of the Marysville Police Department

State Avenue was closed for several hours while fire crews continued to work on putting out the fires. No injuries were reported as a result of the fires.

 

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