Arson suspected at Mexican restaurant in Lynnwood

LYNNWOOD — Investigators believe an arsonist is to blame for a late Sunday night fire that caused heavy damage to a Mexican restaurant off Highway 99 north of Lynnwood.

A passerby called 911 shortly before 11 p.m. to report smoke coming from the roof of the Taqueria La Mexicana restaurant in the 13900 block of Highway 99 in unincorporated Snohomish County, officials said.

Damage was estimated at $400,000.

The restaurant was closed at the time and no one was inside.

Smoke and flames were visible inside the restaurant when firefighters arrived, Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said.

“Firefighters initially entered the restaurant to attack the flames,” Hynes said. “As conditions became more hazardous, they had to withdraw and attack the fire from outside.”

Firefighters from fire district 1, Lynnwood and Mukilteo had the fire under control within about 20 minutes. No one was injured.

Northbound lanes of Highway 99 were closed for about an hour between Highway 525 and Lincoln Way while the road was blocked by fire apparatus and hoses.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s office is heading up the arson investigation, Hynes said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the fire to contact the fire marshal’s office at 425-388-3557 or call 1-800-55-ARSON.

There is a $10,000 reward from the Arson Alarm Foundation for information leading to the arrest and criminal conviction of whomever is responsible.

More in Local News

Inslee proposes tapping reserves, carbon tax in budget plan

The proposal also includes money for the mental health system and efforts to fight opioid addiction.

Snohomish man, 63, missing from home since Monday

He left without his keys, wallet and phone, saying something about going to “the river.”

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

2 women struck, injured while crossing busy roads

The first happened Wednesday night in Everett. The second was Thursday morning in Edmonds.

One dead in crash south of Granite Falls

Two cars collided near the intersection of N. Lake Roesiger Road and Hidden Valley Road.

He drank nearly a gallon of vodka, then grabbed a cop’s gun

He got pummeled for that. Police had been trying to keep him on a gurney for an ambulance ride.

Police seek witnesses to hit-and-run

An 88-year-old woman was hurt when a Prius turned right at an intersection and struck her walker.

Lake Stevens man killed in crash near Highway 92 identified

Kristofor Nordgren, of Lake Stevens, was driving his Subaru when it hit a truck and a Ford Focus.

Case unresolved: The noose at an Edmonds construction site

Though two were fired over comments about it, police were unable to determine who put it there.

Most Read