By Kyle Jensen / Whidbey News-Times
A south Whidbey Island man is suspected of starting a fire that burned down one Useless Bay Colony home and partially destroyed another Thursday morning, police officials say.
“Right now we’re treating this is as an arson fire,” Detective Sgt. Laura Price of the Island County Sheriff Office said. “It’s a crime scene, it’s evolving. We don’t know much and we’re not going to be able to tell you much until we get a little further, but we do have one person in custody.”
Nobody was injured in the fire that began at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Capt. Vancouver Drive. Plumes of smoke could be seen from afar as the house was engulfed in flames.
“I believe everybody was home at the time,” Price said. “Everybody is safe. All the animals and families are out.”
Price said it is unknown what caused the fire. However, two gas cannisters were found nearby during the course of the investigation, she said.
Price said the “target house” was reduced to rubble, while the fire attacked the garage of the second house.
This story originally appeared in the Whidbey News-Times.