Sheriff's Office: Homeless man started fire that damaged apartments, injured firefighters

VIDEO: Police arrest arson suspect in White Center brush fire

A homeless man known to law enforcement set a fire in a field that spread to a seven-unit apartment building and injured three firefighters, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

The fire happened Wednesday afternoon in White Center across from Mount View Elementary School on 14th Avenue Southwest.

The fire spread to a fence next to homes and eventually to the apartment building itself. Neighbors had to evacuate from the building and adjacent homes.

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Three firefighters needed medical treatment, and two were taken to a nearby hospital. All are expected to recover.

Records show the arson suspect was booked into the King County Jail five other times since June of 2018.

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