Campaign raises $22K for owner of burned Firdale Market; suspect in Skagit County Jail

James Kwon, right, and his wife Yong after they received the GoFundMe donation of $22,000. (Photo courtesy Lyann Kwon)

A GoFundMe campaign for the owner of Edmonds’ Firdale Market — destroyed in a Dec. 23 suspected arson fire — raised $22,000.

Lyann Kwon, daughter-in-law of Firdale Market owner James Kwon, said she and her husband Jay — who launched the fundraiser — were able to surprise Firdale Market owner James Kwon recently with the GoFundMe campaign proceeds. “He couldn’t believe it,” she said.

She also stressed “how thankful our dad is by this generous love offering from the community.”

No decision has been made yet on rebuilding the market. as insurance issues are still being sorted out, Lyann Kwon said.

Fire investigators determined the blaze, which was reported at 4:42 a.m. Dec. 23 and heavily damaged the conveience store in Edmonds’ Firdale Village, was intentionally set. Edmonds Police Department detectives identified 62-year-old James P. Doggett as a suspect in the fire. According to Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure, Doggett is in Skagit County Jail for attempted arson in another case, with bail set at $50,000. “We’ve forwarded charges for arson and Seattle is also investigating an arson with him as a suspect,” McClure said.

3 Replies to “Campaign raises $22K for owner of burned Firdale Market; suspect in Skagit County Jail”

  1. Very best wishes to Mr. Kwon. His market was a mainstay for me over the years of being a tenant at Firdale Village Shopping Plaza. I know the whole neighborhood misses him and his market a great deal. Thankful that there were no injuries physically.


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