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Ferndale man pleads guilty to arson in fires set in own home

A firefighter with WCFD7 prepares to knock down a fire inside a garage at a residence (June 4, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
A firefighter with WCFD7 prepares to knock down a fire inside a garage at a residence (June 4, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News

FERNDALE, Wash. — Billy Edward Masten pled guilty to 1 count of second-degree domestic violence arson, a class B felony, in Whatcom County Superior Court.

Masten, age 57, was arrested June 6th by Ferndale Police and charged with arson 2 days after being seen leaving his residence in the 5500 block of Fisher Place just prior to neighbors seeing smoke and flames coming from the residence.

According to court documents, Masten pled guilty and was sentenced to 24 months in Department of Corrections custody and is eligible for 18 months in community custody. This is an exceptional sentence, outside the standard range of 3 to 9 months, according to court documents.

Masten is also ordered by the court to have no contact with his wife and daughter over the next 10 years. Masten lived in the residence with his wife and daughter.

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When Whatcom County Fire District 7 (WCFD7) firefighters arrived after receiving the report of the residential fire on June 4th, they found the house unoccupied with a fire burning in a back room according to WCFD7 Division Chief Justin Iverson. Upon knocking down that fire, firefighters began clearing other rooms and discovered 2 other fires burning in other rooms in the house.

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