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County Prosecutor says fire destroyed solid evidence in arson case

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curitss

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – The Whatcom County Prosecutor is defending his case after a former puppy mill owner was found not guilty of setting fire to his Birch Bay home.

On February 13, firefighters partly knocked out the flames of 60-year-old Kenneth Cassell’s home.

They backed away when they learned Cassel was armed.

Prosecutor David McEachran says the fire destroyed most of the evidence.

He says firefighters found a gas can inside the home, but it was impossible to prove Cassell was guilty because of the lack of solid evidence.

Cassell was facing foreclosure and investigators found a suicide note on the property.

He was found guilty last year of running a puppy mill on the property.