PRAIRIE RIDGE, Wash. - Fire Marshals and the Pierce County Sheriff's office are investigating two suspicious fires that destroyed a mobile home early Saturday morning.
East Pierce Fire and Rescue first responded shortly after midnight to a fire in the 12400 block of 223rd Avenue East in Prairie Ridge. Firefighters found flames shooting through the roof of a double-wide mobile home. No one was inside. It appears no one was living in the mobile home. The fire was put out and crews left the scene around 3:45 a.m.
An hour later, neighbors called 911 to report that the mobile home was on fire again. This time flames were shooting out of the other end of the home. Firefighters extinguished the fire, and fire marshals declared it a total loss.
Battalion Chief Rick Goetz said during the first fire it was suspicious because it was obvious no one was living there and the power had been shut off. The call about the second fire made foul play seem very likely.
"That is when all the bells and whistles went off," said Goetz. "There's not chance it was a rekindle. We had done our job. For some reason they wanted to make sure this one was gone."
Neighbors said the home that burnt down had been known as an eyesore before the fire.
"It was falling apart. It needed to go, not in this way but it needed to go," said neighbor Ryan Brooks.
Anyone with information about the suspicious fires should contact the Pierce County Sheriff's office. A $10,000 reward is also being offered for information that leads to the person or people responsible.