Investigatores were on the scene of fire in a single family residence on the 1500 block of Talbot Road South in Renton on Tuesday.
Officers returned at about 1:15 p.m. To make sure that man had vacated the home and they say while he was nowhere to be found, the house was on fire.
Officers also knew that man had a large cache of ammunition inside, and because of that, firefighters at first had to fight the fire from a distance, as they faced the risk of an even more dangerous explosion.
“Well unfortunately, it’s just the times we live in - and so you approach it with more caution , and I think people are more concerned about losing their guns and things, so they stockpile them more than they have in the past, so yeah it does present a problem for us, for sure," said Deputy Chief Greg Hartman.
As firefighters dealt with that threat, yet another twist took place when the 45-year-old male resident of the home returned to the scene - emotional and upset - and as taken into custody on suspicion of arson. He was being interviewed by police.