Detectives are investigating an arson and possible assault at the site of a 2-alarm fire that destroyed a home in Kingston Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the 27000 block of Burkes Lane for a structure fire around noon. When they arrived, they were confronted by a 41-year-old north Kitsap man carrying an axe, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy responded to assist. After a struggle, the suspect was taken into custody. He was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The deputy was not injured.
Investigators determined the home was intentionally set on fire, along with a vehicle. There was an attempt to set another structure on fire, according to the sheriff’s office.
A neighbor saw the suspect pouring gasoline on the property, according to detectives. That neighbor confronted the suspect and shot at him – the suspect was not wounded.
The suspect ran away.
It wasn’t until firefighters arrived that the suspect returned as they began fighting the fire, according to detectives. The suspect took an axe from the fire truck and threatened firefighters with it.
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