PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A search is underway for a woman in Pierce County suspected of setting fire to a home early Friday morning.
East Pierce Fire and Rescue crews responded around 5:30 a.m. to an extensive fire at a home in the 22400th block of 127th Street E, in the Prairie Ridge neighborhood of Bonney Lake.
The Pierce County Fire Marshal’s Office and Pierce County Sheriff deputies also responded to the fire. Officials said there were people inside the home during the fire, but they all got out and were not hurt.
“All the occupants of the home were able to exit the residence before it was completely engulfed. The deputies talked to the residents and learned this incident was related to a domestic dispute between two people who did not live at the home,” said Sgt. Darren Moss with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD).
Moss said the residents had hired a man to fix one of their vehicles and he was staying at the home for a few days.
"This morning, the mechanic's girlfriend came to the home banging on the windows because she was upset the boyfriend was staying at the house," Moss explained. "She threatened to burn down the garage and a few moments later they heard a loud bang. When they came outside the garage was on fire."
Moss said the home as well as a camper and four vehicles were destroyed in the fire.
Pierce County Fire Marshal Ken Rice told KOMO News they have not yet determined what substance was used to start the fire.
Moss said the woman will likely face first-degree arson charges.
"Deputies have identified the female suspect in this incident and are working on locating her," Moss said.
Anyone who has information about the incident or the woman's whereabouts is asked to contact the PCSD or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.