Man cleared, woman held in fatal Thurston County fire

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office no longer considers Aaron Myers, 39, a person of interest in a fire that killed Thurston County resident Jack Thomas early Wednesday morning.

Deputies located Myers on Thursday afternoon and arrested him on an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant, said Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said. He had been named as a person of interest because he and his girlfriend, 32-year-old Nicole McPherson, had been living on Thomas’ property on the 3200 block of 78th Avenue Southeast.

Detectives interviewed Myers, and he told them that he wasn’t there at the time of the fire, Ziesemer said. Other witnesses couldn’t confirm that Myers had been there.

“His story checks out,” Ziesemer said. “It’s totally believable.”

McPherson, however, is

believed to have set fire to a burn pile outside of Thomas’ home, Ziesemer said. The fire spread to the house about 2:45 a.m., and it was engulfed by the time East Olympia Fire District 6 crews arrived.

Thomas died inside the home.

McPherson was arrested early Wednesday morning on outstanding warrants related to theft, drug possession and bail jumping. She was being held without bail at the Thurston County Jail.

But McPherson hasn’t been charged in connection with the fire. Ziesemer said investigators are still waiting for results from the Washington State Patrol crime lab. Reports from the crime lab and from detectives and fire investigators will be forwarded to the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office for a charging decision.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445