Firefighters fight a house fire in the 900 block of Hooker Road on Wednesday. Law enforcement continued to seek a Sequim man suspected for the blaze on Thursday. (Clallam County Fire District 3)

Firefighters fight a house fire in the 900 block of Hooker Road on Wednesday. Law enforcement continued to seek a Sequim man suspected for the blaze on Thursday. (Clallam County Fire District 3)

UPDATE: Sequim man taken into custody after alleged assault, arson

SEQUIM — David R. Burgess was taken into custody by Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies in the 1900 block of Palo Alto Road at about 8 p.m. Thursday, said Sheriff Brian King in an email sent this morning (Friday).

After a brief foot pursuit he surrendered to deputies after being given warnings of intended stun gun deployment if he did not comply, King said..

He is scheduled to appear in Clallam County Superior Courtroom II at 1 p.m. today.

Earlier story

SEQUIM — Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies and State Patrol troopers continued searching Thursday for a man wanted for investigation of first-degree arson, felony harassment, second-degree assault domestic violence and reckless burning after separate reports alleging assault and arson.

David R. Burgess

David R. Burgess

David R. Burgess, 40, of Sequim fled from deputies at 6 a.m. Thursday, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. He was headed southbound on Palo Alto Road in a stolen 2006 maroon Mazda 6 with license plate number CHH4795, deputies said.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office posted to its Facebook page that deputies were searching in the area of Old Gardiner Road near the bridge attempting to locate Burgess, who was believed to be on foot.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Law enforcement said that the wanted man was driving a 2006 maroon Mazda 6.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Law enforcement said that the wanted man was driving a 2006 maroon Mazda 6.

Residents are asked to call 9-1-1 if they see Burgess or the stolen vehicle or know their whereabouts.

Burgess is described as white, 5-feet- 11-inches tall and weighing 200 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair.

The incident began when deputies were dispatched Saturday to a reported assault in the 800 block of Youngquist Road. The investigation established probable cause to arrest Burgess for second-degree assault/domestic violence and felony harassment (threats to kill).

Burgess fled the scene and deputies were unable to locate him.

On Wednesday at about 4:51 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a reported arson at 916 Hooker Road in Carlsborg. Medic 34, returning from an earlier transport to Olympic Memorial Hospital, was the first unit to arrive and confirm that there was a fully involved structure fire.

According to the sheriff’s press release, witnesses said Burgess set the house on fire while it was occupied along with a vehicle and then fled into the woods.

The house’s occupant escaped unharmed.

No one was reported hurt.

Deputies from Clallam and Jefferson counties used a drone with heat-sensing technology but were unable to locate Burgess.

The remote location and muddy driveway delayed additional units from making access to the building. To contain the blaze, firefighters with Clallam County Fire District 3 used a 300-foot hose lay from Engine 34 to supply an additional two 150-foot working lines, the department said.

Firefighters coordinated their efforts and established a water supply via a tender shuttle operation, utilizing all three of the fire district tenders.

Mutual aid was requested from Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue to provide additional support for two aid related calls within District 3.

The structure suffered significant fire damage to both the main floor and full basement. Overall, two fire engines, three 3 water tenders, one rescue vehicle, one command vehicle and an aid car responded. Crews were assisted by three units from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Clallam County Fire District 3 investigators and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the PenComm dispatch center at 9-1-1.

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Michael Dashiell is the editor of the Sequim Gazette of the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which also is composed of other Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News and Forks Forum. Reach him at editor@sequimgazette.com.

Peninsula Daily News reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at brian.gawley@peninsuladailynews.com.

Clallam County Sheriff's Office
Law enforcement said that the wanted man was driving a 2006 maroon Mazda 6.
Clallam County Sheriff's Office
Law enforcement said that the wanted man was driving a 2006 maroon Mazda 6.

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