Sandi Henke, Communications Director
Seattle woman to receive $1,500 arson award
SEATTLE – A Seattle woman will receive a $1,500 arson award from the Arson Alarm Foundation and NW Insurance Council for helping law enforcement apprehend an arsonist in West Seattle’s High Point neighborhood.
The tipster, who wishes to remain anonymous, is being rewarded for providing investigators with information that led to the arrest of a 22-year-old man who has been charged with arson, reckless burning and malicious mischief in connection with six fires last October in West Seattle. The fires damaged cars, a garbage bin and a community center.
“The degree of danger posed by a serial arsonist often increases with each new fire set, which is why it is critical to identify and stop these crimes as quickly as possible,” said Kenton Brine, President of NW Insurance Council. “West Seattle owes thanks to the brave woman who came forward with information leading to the apprehension of this arsonist, and we’re pleased to offer a $1,500 award for her service to her community.”
The Arson Alarm Foundation and NW Insurance Council have awarded more than $100,000 to Washington citizens over the past decade. Arson is a deadly and costly crime, killing hundreds of people each year, destroying hundreds of millions of dollars in property and exposing firefighters to needless risk.
If you have information about an arson or suspicious fire, call the Arson Hotline at 800-55-ARSON (800-552-7766) or contact your local authorities.
NW Insurance Council is a nonprofit, public-education organization funded by member insurance companies in Oregon, Washington & Idaho.
Arson Alarm Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce loss of life and property by increasing arson awareness.