Shortly before 5PM, May 27, 2014, witnesses reported seeing vertical black smoke in the area of Meadowbrook Way, Reinig Road and 396th Drive in the downtown Snoqualmie area.
Snoqualmie Valley Historian, Dave Battey, reported he was on his way home from working at the family farm when he first saw the smoke. He said the bridge abutment and stairs to the King County Snoqualmie Valley trail were engulfed by fire.
Battey said that fire crews arrived quickly and luckily there is a fire hydrant at the road junction so the flames were extinguished within minutes.
Witnesses report Meadowbrook Way was closed while firefighters dealt with the fire and cleanup.
Snoqualmie Fire Chief, Mark Corriera, stated the burned property does belong to King County Parks. He said via email that the end of the walking bridge was on fire when crews arrived. Firefighters “deployed master streams to extinguish the creosote and lumber that was burning.”
Correira said a suspect was in custody as the fire was believed to be arson.
King County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant, DB Gates, said the suspect is a male, North Bend resident in his 30’s. He was booked into jail for investigation of 1st degree arson. Gates said charges will be up to the King County prosecutor’s office.
Crews from the Snoqualmie Fire Department, Fall City Fire Department and Eastside Fire and Rescue responded, with twelve firefighters working at the fire’s highpoint. Chief Corriera said the fire was under control within about 10 minutes.
The King County Parks Department closed the trail bridge until it can be determined if the structure is safe.