Teens, adult charged in Long Lake blaze

Two teens and one adult were charged with burglary after allegedly setting a building on fire at Long Lake County Park this month and then calling 911 when the fire got out of control.

Joshua David Heuer, 19, was charged with first-degree arson and burglary and held on $15,000 bail. His two 15-year-old accomplices, both of Olalla, were each charged with one count of second degree burglary, according to Kitsap County Juvenile Division Deputy Prosecutor Todd Dowell.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department report, the incident began around 5 a.m. June 12 when deputies responded to the park for a reported building fire. Several fire engines were already on scene.

The deputy spoke to the reporting parties, Heuer and one of the teens, who claimed to be brothers who lived nearby.

They said they had been out fishing when they noticed smoke coming from the building and flames inside, so they called 911.

Noticing the pair did not have any fishing gear and other inconsistencies in their story, the deputies interviewed them further. The pair then admitted they were not brothers, and that a third person, the other teen, had been with them and he had set the fire.

The deputies then contacted the third suspect. He told the deputies that all three suspects had driven to the park and decided to break into the community center. He said the other teen threw a rock through one of the windows, then Heuer crawled through, cutting his leg.

After first claiming that only Heuer went inside and lit a roll of toilet paper to start the fire, the teen then admitted that he had in fact gone inside as well and lit the paper himself. Heuer admitted to lighting paper towels afterward.

The teen that lit the toilet paper was booked for first degree arson and burglary; the other teen for second degree arson and burglary.

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