Sequim man accused of trying to set his mother's house on fire
Joe Smillie/Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County sheriff's deputies confer in the garage of Marjorie Root at 247 Taylor Blvd. in SunLand, north of Sequim, after arresting her son, Kevin Root, on suspicion of attempted arson in the first degree and reckless endangerment.
By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News
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Kevin T. Root, 44, was booked Friday into Clallam County jail for investigation of first-degree attempted arson and second-degree reckless endangerment after allegedly pouring gasoline in the basement of the home he shares with his mother, Marjorie Root, at 247 Taylor Blvd. in the SunLand community north of Sequim.
Clallam sheriff's deputies responded to a call from Marjorie Root saying her son had sprinkled gasoline in the basement and was attempting to set paper on fire, according to Deputy Todd Yarnes.
Fire and EMS crews were called to the scene, Yarnes said, because of the danger of fire and the strong gas fumes from the basement.
Yarnes said Kevin Root has a history of mental health issues and likely would undergo a psychiatric evaluation in jail. He remained in jail Saturday.
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at email@example.com.
Last modified: October 12. 2013 5:30PM