Investigation into man setting himself on fire continues
VANTAGE, Wash.-- More details have surfaced tonight on the house fire where a man burned to death. Neighbors said Sunday that a man had set himself on fire, but investigators didn't give specifics on what happened.
People still say they have no idea what led 31-year-old Vernon "Ted" Stone to set his house on fire. Stone's wife reported that she and her husband had been arguing. He then lit paper on fire, told her and the children to leave, and poured a bucket of gasoline over his head. The wife and the three children got out of the house safely.
The fire only recently died down at the home, giving investigators a chance to examine the property. Investigators say they will keep an open mind while looking into the incident.
"We don't want to have any preconceived notions, don't want to make any assumptions. So the scene will be investigated and the evidence collected regardless of what we were told," says Kittitas County Undersheriff Clayton Myers.
Besides losing their husband and father, Stone's wife and three children lost all of their possessions in the fire. The Red Cross has offered assistance and the community is coming together to get them clothes and toiletries. Any donations can be sent to the Riverstone Resort at 551 Main Street in Vantage.