Man tasered twice still at large after allegedly setting neighbor's home on fire

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BUCKLEY, Wash. - Authorities are looking for a man who allegedly set a fire to a neighbor’s house Saturday evening near Buckley, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The incident happened when East Pierce firefighters responded to a report of a house fire in the 6800 block of 245th Avenue East.

 

According to the sheriff’s office, 52-year-old Lonnie Leroy Tate used a baseball bat to break the windows of the home before using gasoline to start the fire. Tate lived a block away from the house.

 

A woman was inside the home, but she escaped from the back of the house and was not hurt.

 

Witnesses in the neighborhood told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that they heard Tate arguing with a woman, perhaps a girlfriend.

 

According to investigators, the woman and Tate have not had contact with each other, and there is not a known history between the two.

 

When deputies arrived, they searched the area for Tate with a K9 and found him after he fled the scene into a wooded area.

 

Authorities tased Tate twice, but he got away.

 

According to the sheriff’s office, he was not armed, but may be a danger to himself or others.