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Person of interest sought in deaths of 2 women in Wash. house fire; door was blocked by couch
NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) ' The King County sheriff's office named a person of interest Monday in the suspicious deaths of two women whose bodies were discovered after a fire at a home east of Seattle where the front door had been blocked.
Investigators have been unable to locate a 41-year-old man who lives at the home, Peter A. Keller, and consider him a person of interest, Sgt. Cindi West said.
Detectives are handling the case as a homicide, while they await a determination of the cause of death from the King County medical examiner's office.
Firefighters responded to a report of smoke about 8:30 a.m. Sunday from the home near North Bend, about 30 miles east of Seattle in the Cascade foothills. They had to force their way inside because the door had been blocked by a couch and other furniture.
"It was clearly and intentionally barricaded," West said.
Fire crews also found at least five gas cans in the house.
A couple and their daughter live in the house, but the identities of the victims have not been released.
Cate Reynolds walked to the scene Sunday afternoon with her daughter and other friends, who said they were best friends with and recently graduated from the same high school as a young woman who lived in the house. "They wanted to just come and be close and process some stuff," Reynolds said.
Investigators searched for a 2003 blue-grey Toyota Corolla missing from the home, and found it unoccupied in North Bend on Sunday afternoon.