KIRO News says the suspect was live-streaming the fire on Facebook, according to the state patrol. The 36-year old male was arrested for reckless burning and booked into the Puyallup, Washington jail on Wednesday.
The Puyallup man was suspected of setting a fire on a median on SR-167 Wednesday afternoon.
On Twitter, Washington State Trooper Ryan Burke posted what he reported:
KOMO News reports that State patrol says troopers talked with the same man Wednesday morning.
Just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, a woman called state patrol to report a man walking down the highway in Sumner with a lighter.
Troopers made contact with the male and told him to exit the highway.
The unidentified man says that he just happened to pull up on the fire as it started, saying, “I’m out here on 167 right now,” the man said in the live stream.
” Looks like a fire literally just started and I just rolled up on it and it looks like it’s going crazy. I’m here with the police and they’re talking to me about it because I just called it in.”
On Thursday, Troopers with the Washington State Patrol said they have arrested a second person for intentionally starting a brush fire in Pierce County.
Troopers said someone saw a man setting fire to grass with a match near State Route 512 and State Route 7 and called police. Troopers arrived at the scene, chased the man, and took him into custody.