Firefighters battle blaze in Renton house with ammo inside

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 5:20 PM

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.

 

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