Arson Alert


Kenton Brine, President

Sandi Henke, Communications Director
NW Insurance Council
Phone: (800) 664-4942

Release Date: 06/22/2016

Up to $10,000 arson award offered for church fires in Clark County

SEATTLE – NW Insurance Council and Arson Alarm Foundation are offering an award from the annual $10,000 Arson Award Fund to anyone with information that leads to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for setting fires to three churches in Clark County.

The three churches damaged from the arsons are First Congregational United Church of Christ, Liberty Bible Church of the Nazarene and Daybreak Youth Services. The fires were set within a week and are estimated to have caused over $2 million in damages.

Anyone with information about the fires is encouraged to call the Arson Hotline at 800-55-ARSON (800-552-7766).  Callers may remain anonymous. Also, tips can be called in to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 877CRIME11 (877-274-6311).

NW Insurance Council and Arson Alarm Foundation offer awards up to $10,000 each year for Washington residents who provide tips to authorities that result in the arrest or conviction of arsonists.

“Arsonists hurt all of us by destroying lives and property and by driving up insurance rates,” said Kenton Brine, NW Insurance Council president, “and these arsonists likely will strike again unless they are caught. Citizens are encouraged to call the Arson Hotline with any information they have about these fires.”

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.

In 2014, nearly 19,000 deliberately-set fires killed 157 people and destroyed $729 million in insured property including factories, residential buildings, churches and motor vehicles, according to the Insurance Information Institute.  

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. 

The Arson Alarm Foundation and NW Insurance Council have awarded more than $100,000 to Washington citizens over the past decade.

Posters providing information about the Arson Alarm hotline and the award fund are available.  To order, send an email to or click here for a printable version.

For more information about arson, visit and

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.