Suspicious fire destroys Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Lacey


LACEY, Wash. — Fire ripped through a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall early Friday morning in Lacey. Lacey firefighters told Q13 News that someone called 911 just before 3:45 a.m.

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Lacey firefighters told Q13 News that someone called 911 just before 3:45 a.m. and multiple agencies are at the scene.’ There were no reports of anyone being injured.

The Thurston County Sheriff says its detectives and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.

A task force has been looking into attacks targeting several Kingdom Halls in the last year in Thurston County. A hall in Olympia was set on fire twice — and destroyed by the second fire. In Yelm, shots were fired into the hall back in March. So far, nobody has been hurt in these attacks.

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  • Date: 2018-12-07T13:03:58+00:00
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Suspicious device found in a Kingdom Hall in Thurston County

A bomb squad responded to a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thurston County after finding a suspicious device Wednesday morning.

Detectives responding to a fire found a suspicious item that ‘had the appearance of being an explosive device,’ according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire itself is believed to be the work of an arsonist targeting Jehovah’s Witness buildings across the county.

Detectives found smoldering logs stacked up on an outside wall of the Kingdom Hall. The logs were dowsed with water. There was minimal damage done to the building.

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  • Date: 2018-08-08T12:09:32-08:00
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Attempted arson, suspicious device left at Kingdom Hall in Yelm, Sheriff’s Office says

Authorities say someone left a device made to look like an explosive outside a Kingdom Hall in Yelm on Wednesday, the latest in a series of attacks on area Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Kingdom Hall at 15012 Vail Road Southeast at about 7:30 a.m. for an attempted arson. Church officials found fire logs stacked up against an outside wall that were smoldering. They were able to put out the logs and there was minimal damage.

They then discovered a suspicious item that appeared to be an explosive device on the ground on the west side of the building, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

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  • Author: Authorities say someone left a device made to look like an explosive outside a Kingdom Hall in Yelm on Wednesday the latest in a series of attacks on area Kingdom Halls of Jehovah s Witnesses
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Arson Attempt At Jehovahs Witness Temple Is 5th Attack In 2018

YELM, WA – A Jehovah’s Witness temple in rural Thurston County was the target of vandalism on Wednesday, the fifth such attack on a temple in the area since March, according to police. There’s a $36,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the people carrying out the attacks.

Early Wednesday morning, church leaders found a pile of logs smoldering at the Kingdom Hall temple at 15012 Vail Road. Nearby, someone had left a suspicious device that was initially thought to be a bomb.

State and local police, as well as the FBI and ATF, responded. The suspicious device turned out to be fake.

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  • Date: 2018-08-09T01:23:17-04:00
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