Seattle arsonist who set deadly fire scheduled for release

 

KCPQ-TV reports Martin Pang will leave the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla after serving about 20 years in his 35-year sentence.

Pang was convicted of four counts of manslaughter after setting a fire in his parents’ Chinatown International District warehouse in January 1995.

Lt. Walter Kilgore, Lt. Gregory Shoemaker and firefighters Randall Terlicker and James Brown died when the floor inside the frozen-food warehouse collapsed.

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins says in a statement that the four fighters’ families and colleagues have spent “23 years healing from this tragedy,” noting Pang’s release “brings back painful memories.”