Edmonds police investigating possible arson at Canopy World Friday

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A photo of Canopy World on Highway 99 in Edmonds, the day after the arson. (Photo courtesy of Lynnwood Today)

Edmonds police are conducting an investigation of a possible arson following a fire at Canopy World in the 21500 block of Highway 99 in Edmonds Friday night.

The fire was reported at 6:31 p.m., with units from Fire District 1, the Lynnwood Fire Department and the Shoreline Fire Department responding. According to Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Don Anderson, prior to arriving at the fire, police were advised that a witness observed a male subject running from the fire and driving away in a nearby vehicle.  The witness provided a vehicle and suspect description.

“Upon arrival in the area, an Edmonds officer located the vehicle and attempted to stop it,” Anderson said. “The driver failed to yield and a short pursuit ensued.  The vehicle quickly lost control on the wet roadway and the driver was taken into custody.”

The driver, a 36-year-old Seattle resident, had fresh burns on his hands and face.  He was transported to the Harborview Medical Center for treatment, and he remains in police custody.

The business was closed at the time of the fire and at this point there is no indication of anyone else being involved or injured in the fire, Anderson said.  Approximately 30 firefighters responded, and it took approximately 20-30 minutes to get the fire under control.

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