Blazes destroy RV in Everett, home in Lynnwood

Herald staff

Two fires destroyed a motor home and a house Thursday, but no one was injured.

In the first fire, at around noon, Everett firefighters raced to 2020 Lexington Ave. to douse a 1995 Winnebago that apparently was set ablaze by a short circuit, Battalion Chief Dave Neyens said. The owner had just finished installing a two-way radio. The motor home burned up, a $50,000 loss.

A fire reported at 2:10 p.m., destroyed a home in the Lynnwood area with the loss estimated at $175,000. Neighbors called Snohomish County Fire District 1 to a rambler in the 1300 block of 212th Place SW. The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, district spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said. The two women who rented the house were not home. One has insurance, the other does not. Both are being helped by friends and the American Red Cross. Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace firefighters helped fight the blaze.

The cause is undetermined, fire investigator Ed Hardesty said.

  • Suspect arrested: The Puget Sound Violent Crime Task Force arrested a 26-year-old Seattle man Wednesday on investigation of several bank robberies, including one in Snohomish County, FBI spokesman Ray Lauer said Thursday. He did not identify the man, who was arrested without incident at his home.

  • Case on TV: Television’s Arts &amp Entertainment network has a Halloween horror story for Snohomish County residents when a 23-year-old Lynnwood murder case is featured Oct. 31.

    Detectives Jim Nelson and Steve Rider resurrected a "cold case" — a homicide that largely was dormant for 23 years.

    Their sleuthing and reworking resulted in the sentencing in April of James L. Stephens Jr. to 18 to 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of his sister-in-law, Kimberly Kuntz, 18.

    She was killed while baby-sitting Stephens’ 3-year-old daughter.

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