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Fire Sets Multiple Tents Ablaze in Burien Courthouse Encampment

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Woman Arrested After Tent Catches Fire

First major fire at the Burien courthouse encampment. Multiple tents torched. Witnesses say a woman fell asleep and left a candle burning Sunday evening. Cops arrested her for an outstanding warrant. Otherwise, everyone got out safe but one cat is still missing.

Problems Persist in Burien’s Homeless Encampment

Even with the new fence installed around the encampment, problems like drug dealing and open-air use persist.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.