Man arrested in connection with a Lynnwood arson fire

  • Shannon Sessions<br>Lynnwood / Mountlake Terrace Enterprise editor
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 6:38am

LYNNWOOD — A Lynnwood man was arrested April 1 in connection with an arson fire at his Lynnwood rental home.

According to Lynnwood Police Det. Sgt. Jerry Riener, the owner of the home at 18510 64th Avenue W., which was vacant and for rent, was arrested without incident the same day the fire was set.

According to Snohomish County Jail officials, Edward Rosman was released from the corrections facility April 4 after he appeared in district court and made his $5,000 bail bond. As of the Enterprise deadline, April 5, charges hadn’t yet been filed.

After talking to various witnesses — including the former renter and a neighbor, police found that Rosman, the homeowner, had made statements, on various occasions, of starting a fire at the rundown home.

“The statements made by him and other parties established a probable cause for him to be arrested,” Riener said.

Riener said police and fire officials are still investigating whether more people were involved.

This property was Rosman’s only rental property and his primary residence is also in Lynnwood, Riener said.

The residential fire was reported at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, April 1, said Lynnwood Asst. Fire Chief Tod Gates.

“The fire was contained in 38 minutes,” Gates said. “There was one minor burn injury to a Lynnwood Firefighter, no civilian injuries.”

The house was well-involved upon arrival of the first arriving engine company, and contained to the structure, he said.

“(The house) is a total loss,” Gates said.

Investigators said it was clear from the beginning that the fire was suspicious in nature because there was a concentrated amount of fire in one portion of the house.

“It was started with some sort of accelerate,” Riener said.

The one level, three bedroom house, with a converted living space in the attic, was for rent and unoccupied except for some furniture and personal items of the former renter.

Anyone with information should call Lynnwood Police Det. Sgt. Jerry Riener at 425-744-6900.

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