A fire that destroyed the Kingdom Hall for Jehovah’s Witnesses on 6th Ave SE in Lacey early Friday morning has been ruled suspicious, after these churches have been the target of arson in the area over the last year, according to Lacey Fire District 3 Deputy Chief Ryan Cox.
Fire crews were dispatched to the Kingdom Hall in the 6600 block of Carpenter Road at 3:44 am for a report of a commercial structure fire with flames showing. Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies arrived less than two minutes later and advised that the structure was fully involved.
Other deputies and officers with other agencies in the county immediately began checking other Kingdom Halls in the county for problems. Nothing was found at these sites.
Fire crews advised over the radio that they had the fire under control at 5:14 am.
The Kingdom Hall on Cain Rd SE in Olympia was destroyed by fire in July. This fire was ruled to be arson. Someone tried to light the one on Cain Road on fire in March, too. The same day, they tried to light the Tumwater Kingdom Hall on fire. In May, someone fired shots at the Kingdom Hall in Yelm.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the March fires in Olympia and Tumwater, and the July fire in Olympia, and they will investigate Friday’s fire in Lacey as well.