Police suspect arson in City Park fire


Last updated 6/8/2016 at Noon

The Edmonds Police Department is investigating a Wednesday morning fire at Edmonds City Park that may have been an arson.

The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. at the park at 600 3rd Ave. S. When Snohomish County Fire District 1 firefighters arrived, 50-foot flames were in the trees. It also heavily damaged a shed and utility truck.

“We are investigating it as arson,” Sgt. Shane Hawley said. “We would like anyone to call with tips, if they have information or were in the area of City Park around 1:30 a.m. this morning.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Hawley said there were no suspects.

Firefighters had the fire under control in about 10 minutes. No one was injured.

Fire District 1 and the Edmonds Police Department are working together to determine how the fire was started.

“The fire was reported by a Port of Edmonds worker,” Fire District 1 spokesperson Leslie Hynes said. “He saw a glow in the area and went to investigate and found the fire.”

The fire occurred at the Edmonds Parks Department shop site at the south end of the park.

“A storage building containing paper products and a flat-bed truck were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived,” Hynes said. “A dumpster was also on fire."

The storage building contained janitorial supplies, like paper towels and toilet paper, for all city facilities, including City Hall, the Frances Anderson Center, the Public Works building, maintenance facilities and others.

Parks and Recreation Director Carrie Hite said the city had just received a $3,000 order of paper supplies.

The shed also contained auxiliary supplies like the city’s loudspeaker system, which was used for the Summer Concerts in the Park series.

Hite said the city is working on a plan to replace the equipment, so “we hope we won’t see any impact to citizens.”

The flat-bed truck was used to tow a trailer with lawn-care equipment for mowing around the city and is a loss that will need to be replaced immediately, Hite said.

The flames also caused damage to trees in the area. One large cedar was severely damaged and will have to be taken down.

Hite said a total estimate for damages is not yet available.

If you have any information about the June 8 fire at City Park, call the Edmonds Police Department at 425-771-0200.


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