Man cleared of fault after trash burns out of control, kills 79-year-old

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LACEY, Wash. —A man arrested on a felony warrant Friday following a deadly house fire sparked from a trash burn was cleared of all wrongdoing, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, fire crews were called to a report of two homes on fire Wednesday morning in the 3200 block of 78th Street SE. Crews arrived on the scene and worked to put out the fires, which were aided by debris, ammunition and propane tanks scattered around the homes.

A 79-year-old man was found dead inside one of the homes, fire crews said.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office says the initial investigation found that a man and a woman, who lived at the home, were burning debris in a homemade fire pit in the backyard when it spread to the house.

Witnesses told authorities there was an explosion. When firefighters arrived around 2:45 a.m., the house was engulfed in flames. Once the fire was out, they found a man dead inside the house.

Lt. Cliff Ziesemer says detectives later arrested the woman, 32-year-old Nicole McPherson, on an outstanding felony warrant. On Friday, detectives arrested 39-year-old Aaron Meyers, who reportedly left the area before firefighters or deputies arrived, on a felony warrant.

However, Meyers was interviewed — and since no evidence put him at the scene of the fire — he was released. He is no longer a person of interest, deputies said.


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  • LeeAnn Miraval

    I hope they pay for what they did to our friend and family member we love you and miss you so much sir Carol I pray that God forgives them one day your going to be always remember by us all R.I.P Sir Carol (aka) Jack Love always and forever LeeAnn and ur Girls

  • Tonya

    This is complete BS! he is a convicted felon. a meth head, he had calls to the police about him beating my uncle Jack, he set a fire at 2 am? why? here was a burn ban also! if nothing else, negligent homicide. he ran from the scene!
    this is why criminals keep doing the crap thy do, because law enforcement are idiots and let them get away with MURDER!!!

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  • Jispher Askine

    “The Washington State Legislature passed a law in 1991 banning outdoor burning. Garbage burning and burn barrels have been ILLEGAL EVERYWHERE in Washington since 2000.” – WSDOE

    • Frosted Flake

      That is what I was going to say. For openers. It’s friggin JULY. What is up with the big casual about people burning trash (While wearing outstanding warrants) and setting an occupied house afire? Do the police exist for a better reason than to shoot kids in the back?