Man arrested at Kent property shortly before fire destroys abandoned home

A fire destroyed an abandoned house in Kent Thursday morning, not long after police arrested a man neighbors reported was yelling from its roof.

The man was arrested for unrelated warrants about half an hour before the fire was called into 911, and he is considered a person of interest in the blaze, Kent Fire said.

Firefighters said he doesn’t appear to have a connection to the home.

The blaze started about 4 a.m. in the 20900 block of 124th Avenue Southeast. No one was inside at the time, and no one was injured.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the whole building, which is considered a total loss, valued at $234,000.

Crews kept the flames from spreading to nearby homes, and no one was injured.

What caused the fire has not yet been determined.