Early-morning condo fire in downtown Edmonds was arson, police say

An early-morning fire that caused a small amount of damage in a downtown Edmonds condominium unit Friday was deliberately set, Edmonds Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh said.

Fire District 1 units from the downtown Edmonds Fire Station responded to a smoke alarm in a condominium located in the 100 block of 3rd Avenue North in Edmonds at about 1 a.m. Friday. Several units were evacuated, including where the smoke alarm had originated on the building’s second floor.

“After locating the source of the smoke and putting out the small blaze, the Fire Units cleared the building and requested Edmonds Police to the scene as they had uncovered some suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire,” Marsh said. “It was determined during the police and fire investigation that someone had entered the condominium unit where the smoke alarm had originated and had started a small fire.” The suspect also stole items from inside the unit while the homeowner was asleep, he added.

After the suspect left, the homeowner was awakened by the smoke alarm and called 9-1-1. The homeowner and other occupants of the building were able to evacuate without any injury. The fire and smoke damage was contained to a small area of the victim’s condominium unit.

The investigation is continuing, Marsh said.

 

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