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Police: Suspect threatened firefighters with axe as they battled Kingston fire

When firefighters responded to an area near State Highway 104, they were allegedly threatened by a male carrying an axe.

KINGSTON, Wash. — Detectives are investigating an arson and possible assault at the site of a 2-alarm fire that destroyed a home in Kingston Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the 27000 block of Burkes Lane for a structure fire around noon. When they arrived, they were confronted by a 41-year-old north Kitsap man carrying an axe, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy responded to assist. After a struggle, the suspect was taken into custody. He was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The deputy was not injured.

Investigators determined the home was intentionally set on fire, along with a vehicle. There was an attempt to set another structure on fire, according to the sheriff's office.

The home and vehicle were destroyed. 

Nobody was injured as a result of the fires.

Previous confrontation

A neighbor saw the suspect pouring gasoline on the property, according to detectives. That neighbor confronted the suspect and shot at him - the suspect was not wounded. 

The suspect ran away.

It wasn't until firefighters arrived that the suspect returned as they began fighting the fire, according to detectives. The suspect took an axe from the fire truck and threatened firefighters with it.

Detectives described the scene as presenting "multiple challenges," adding that law enforcement will be at the scene late into Wednesday night.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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