The fire was reported in the basement of a house in the 5600 block of Broadway around 6:30 PM. One resident was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center for possible smoke inhalation. His injuries were not thought to be life threatening.
Around 7:00 PM as Everett Firefighters were still at the scene, 9-1-1 received a call from a man who told the operator that he was across from the police station and wanted to admit to setting the fire. Everett Police patrol officers spotted the man at a pay phone in front of the Snohomish County Jail. He flagged them down and according to probable cause papers filed with his arrest, admitted that he set the fire claiming he was afraid of living in the house and didn’t want to stay there.
The arresting officer wrote he found a lighter in the man’s jacket. The man reportedly admitted using that lighter to start the fire.
He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail last night and made his first court appearance today. The Prosecutor’s office now has three days to file formal charges or release the man from custody.