Lack of shopping carts prompted arson as Kent strip mall, prosecutors say

SEATTLE -- A woman who was upset because there were no shopping carts available set fire to a Kent strip mall, prosecutors said in charging documents Thursday.

Linda Katherine Poplawski, 64, is charged with first-degree arson for Sunday's fire at the Dollar Tree Store at the corner of Pacific Highway S. and Kent-Des Moines Road.

Probable cause documents say Poplawski told employees she was going to burn the store down because there were no shopping carts. She allegedly went to part of the store where there were cards and party supplies. She then left the store, telling employees the store was on fire.

The Dollar Tree Store was evacuated, and the fire spread to neighboring businesses. Prosecutors say it took approximately 75 firefighters more than 24 hours to finally put the fire out. Nobody was injured.

Prosecutors say Poplawski stayed at the scene, taking photos and video of the fire as it burned. Police say she was carrying two lighters.

Copyright 2016 KING


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