LETTER: Potential arson was more serious than portrayed

EDITORS NOTE: A man who stopped a potential arson in progress on March 18 feels the story we published online did not convey the serious nature of the incident.


I read the article and although it is accurate I think it was kind of downplayed. It was a serious offense on the perpetrators part and there actually, in the light of day and with the pile of wood out of the way, was some damage to the siding of the building that could not be seen that night.

I touched it and it flaked off because it was charred. Also there are 2 upstairs apartments and 1 downstairs apartment where a woman and her young son live. He was sleeping right behind the wall where the fire was being started and everyone else in the building was unaware of what was going on until the fire trucks and the police cars showed up with lights flashing (...) The siding was beginning to catch on fire and it would have gone up very quickly had I not stopped the guy from proceeding.

The woman downstairs said it could have been dire consequences had I not been home or been asleep and not smelled the smoke and she was very thankful that things didn't go terribly wrong.

Timothy W. Spitzer
West Seattle

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