An early Saturday house fire closed College Street in Lacey and led to the arrest of the house’s owner, who allegedly assaulted the neighbor who warned him about the fire.
About 4 a.m., neighbors called 911 and reported a house on fire, said Battalion Chief Tim Hulse of Lacey Fire District 3.
When a neighbor went to the house to alert the owner, he was assaulted, Lacey Police Officer Bev Reinhold said. The homeowner was arrested on suspicion of simple assault, but the neighbor did not sustain significant injuries.
No one else was injured.
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Firefighters and the Lacey Police Department responded to the one-story house on the 2800 block of College Street Southeast. All lanes of College Street were closed.
Crews had the fire knocked down by about 5 a.m., Hulse said.