Little remained fully intact at the scene of the Des Moines home that exploded last Friday. Witnesses reported that the restoration of this house was nearly completed before it was destroyed. What were south and east walls of this building now appear to be missing as they have been blasted into neighboring properties. The roof of the building now rests on the collapsed deck in the front yard. Witnesses reported that the victim, who was found near where the police tape is in this photo is stretched, had been working on the roof of a carport that had once existed on the right side of the house.

Des Moines police investigate home explosion

By Matt Wendland

Police are investigating an explosion at a Des Moines home that shook an entire neighborhood and left one man in the hospital with severe burns.

The explosion occurred just after 7pm on Friday, July 15, at a house located within the 2000 block of South 232nd Street.

According to neighbors on the scene, the house had long sat empty as the neighborhood eyesore until the last few months ago when a local man had begun fixing it up. “The house was nearly complete.” One neighbor stated while overlooking the remains of the structure the following day. “Now there’s not much left of the house at all.”

While police have yet to release the official cause the fire and explosion, witnesses reported to police seeing the man working on the roof of the house’s carport with a torch just seconds before the building was destroyed. The blast sent glass and pieces of the structure across the yard and into the road and neighboring properties. The east wall from the house was sent nearly intact against the next house over.

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Normandy Park Ale House

A long hot summer should lead you to visit the Normandy Park Ale House (formerly Kayak Bar and Grill) at 19803 1st Ave. S. Owners Joel, Bryan and Evan Stedman, along with their dad Larry Stedman are betting men.

They have put their heart and wallets into being the best Ale House in the Northwest. The Stedman family also owns Magnolia Village Pub and Lamplighter Public House. The Normandy Park Ale House starts with carrying more than 17 different types of beer and nine rotating taps. The brews are complemented by an extraordinary menu of tasty creations from chef Todd Larson who has prepared some of the most unique northwest cuisine at Ray's Boathouse and FX McRory's in Seattle. Try the crab cake sliders or the hummus wrap.

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Suspect Sought in Burglary Investigation

Seattle: On July 29th deputies responded to the burglary of an occupied home in SeaTac. Two suspects entered the house where a female and child were inside. The woman called 9-1-1 and two deputies arrived within minutes.

The two suspects were now outside the house and when deputies attempted to stop them, there was a confrontation. One suspect was tased but it had no effect. Another deputy then shot this suspect. The second suspect fled the scene on foot and a K-9 unit and our helicopter were used to search for him but he escaped.

The at large suspect has been identified as 19 year old Wilson Laray Smith and there is probable cause to arrest him for burglary. Smith is a convicted felon, and he is likely to be aware that detectives are looking for him. Smith is described as a black male, 5’09”, 150 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is urged to call the King County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at (206) 296.3311. If anyone sees Smith they are asked to call 9-1-1.

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