Vancouver, Wash. –On January 15, 2020 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 3200 block of NW Division Avenue for a restraining order violation. Officers made verbal contact with a male inside the residence, who was in violation of the restraining order, and who refused to exit the residence. The male refused repeated commands to exit and at approximately 5:20 p.m. officers saw flames in the residence and it appeared the suspect had started a fire. At approximately 6:00 p.m. the male exited the residence, was taken into custody by police and was transported to an area hospital for injuries related to the fire. The fire was then fully extinguished.
Several neighbors were temporarily evacuated, due to the fire, but have since returned to their homes. No adjacent structures were damaged.
Upon release from the hospital, the suspect will be booked into jail for multiple charges including Violation of a Restraining Order, Burglary and Arson.