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.