Fire destroys murder suspect’s home in Arlington

ARLINGTON — An early-morning fire on Wednesday destroyed the home of a man who’s being held on a murder charge in connection with his sister’s death in June.

The fire broke out about 2 a.m. Wednesday at a house in the 13200 block of 240th Street NE in the Arlington Heights area, said Branden Bates, assistant fire chief at Snohomish County Fire District 21. No injuries were reported.

The fire was at the same address where David Thorsen, 50, lived until his arrest in June, police confirmed.

Investigators with the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office remained at the scene as of noon Wednesday. It likely will take some time to determine the cause of the fire, they said. Crews also were working on hot spots.

Snohomish County sheriff’s major crimes detectives were notified and were waiting on the fire investigators’ reports, sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

In June, David Thorsen’s mother, Betty E. Thorsen, 80, died after an apparent fall. Her exact cause of death remains under investigation by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hours later, police returned to the home and found the body of David Thorsen’s sister, Karen Harris, 53, under a blanket in a field nearby. Police allege that he killed Harris and then used a riding lawn mower to move her body.

Detectives also have been looking at the April 11 death of the suspect’s father. The King County medical examiner earlier ruled Jack Thorsen’s death an accident from “a presumed fall.” He was 84.

David Thorsen is being held at the Snohomish County Jail on $1 million bail.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449, rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

District takes steps to secure school campuses

Safety measures have been enhanced at Hawthorne and Silver Firs elementary schools in Everett.

Hard work is paying off for Mariner High senior

Mey Ly has excelled in school since moving here from Cambodia; she also serves as an intrepreter.

County under flood watch; back-to-back storms promise heavy rain

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Monday for… Continue reading

1 arrested after SWAT team moves in on Marysville house

The incident was connected to an earlier robbery.

Yes to turn signal — eventually

Adding a right-turn signal at 112th St. and 7th Ave. is turning out to be a bit more complicated.

Cleaning up after other people’s messes

Snohomish County program recycles derelict RVs abandoned on roadsides and in homeless encampments.

The Lake Washington view from the “Greatest Setting in College Football” is behind the sign that says it is so. The setting is lost in the blackness, so folks visiting from Salt Lake City to support their Utes last Saturday night had to take our word for it. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Huskies are a victim of their own success

They’re a favorite to feature on nighttime national broadcasts, meaning most games are in the dark.

No easy exit from Smokey Point shopping complex

There’s just no easy exit on this one. A reader called in… Continue reading

Most Read