Car fire in Kelso: ‘No one feels safe here anymore’


"I felt the pure rage at that time that someone would do this," said Jeremy Snyder

KELSO, Wash. (KOIN) — A car in Kelso went up in flames and the owner watched 3 suspects run away Saturday night. Now local police are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

Charred metal, smashed windows, and remnants of broken glass are all that was left. Three cars, including Jeremy Snyder’s, were vandalized right in his front yard. He said he was mad, and he wants the people responsible for it to be caught.

“I look outside and when I see everything on fire, I immediately think we are under attack, I’m going to die” said Snyder.

He was at home with one of his 3 roommates when he saw flames from his kitchen window crawling up the siding of his house. At the same time, his roommate spotted 3 men shattering car windows in their front lawn.

Windows were smashed out during the vandalism in Kelso, Washington. October 7, 2019 (KOIN)

“I look out at the porch and see the car on fire and 3 guys about right in that area, 10 feet away, just laughing,” he said.

Snyder ran after the men, down the block, before he said they jumped into a black cube-style SUV and drove away.

“I felt the pure rage at that time that someone would do this,” said Snyder. “It’s an attack on my finances, on where I live, attack on my vehicle—I have no transportation.”

Cowlitz County Fire found accelerate from a red gas at the scene and determined that it was used in setting the fires.

“No one feels safe here anymore,” said Snyder.

The red container of accelerate likely used in the vandalism in Kelso, Washington. October 7, 2019 (KOIN)

He is left wondering who would target him or his roommates.

“We would like to just see the best in everyone and I don’t think that we would have enemies at all,” said Snyder. “I’m frustrated, I’m completely angry. I just want justice.”

Luckily, no one was injured during the fire. Kelso police are investigating this as an arson case. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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