Des Moines house that ‘exploded’ Aug. 15 now classified as Arson

A house in the 2000 block of South 232nd Street that “exploded” on Aug. 15 has now been classified as an Arson.

The original report was that a man was thrown from the roof of the home while tarring it with a torch, setting off an explosion that basically leveled the house.

The man, in his 40s, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious burns.

We have tried to contact King County Fire Investigator Tom Devine twice (his name and number is posted on the signs at the scene), but he has not yet returned our calls. When we get more information, we’ll update this post.

On Thursday (Aug. 21), Scott Schaefer took these photos of the scene:







2 Responses to “Des Moines house that ‘exploded’ Aug. 15 now classified as Arson”
  1. CK says:

    Thank you Waterland blog for following up with this story! Pass along any information you find out.

  2. Rosanna says:

    It was a empty foreclosure home, bank owned since February. Arson? Curious to know what the investigation finds.

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