Arson suspected in fire at Edmonds business

  • Fri Sep 17th, 2010 10:26pm
  • News

EDMONDS — A suspected arson fire heavily damaged a business Friday night on the 21500 block of Highway 99.

A man, 36, of Seattle, was taken to Harborview Medical Center after a short pursuit by Edmonds police after the fire started, Sgt. Don Anderson said Friday.

The fire, which was reportedly contained to the Canopy World building, was reported about 6:30 p.m., said Leslie Hynes, spokeswoman for Snohomish County Fire District 1. Shoreline and Lynnwood firefighters also responded. Flames and smoke were coming out of the back of the building when they arrived, she said.

Witness told police they saw a man run away from the fire and drive off, Anderson said. An Edmonds police officer located the vehicle. The driver eluded police but lost control of his vehicle on the wet roads.

The man had burns to his hands and face, Anderson said. He was in police custody at the hospital.

Fire investigators were at the scene late Friday night, and the investigation continues, Anderson said. Police don’t believe anyone else was involved in the fire. No other injuries were reported.

The fire took about 20 minutes to put out, he said. Canopy World was closed when the fire started.

Southbound 99 was closed for several hours as firefighters and police worked the scene in the pouring rain.

As of 8:30 p.m., Canopy World was still smoking.

The business has been there “forever,” said Kevin Gilbert, a sales representative at the Acura dealership across the street. He heard explosions and watched the fire with his coworkers before leaving work for the night.

“We didn’t really know what was going on,” he said.