Cause of Arlington strip mall fire unknown

There are 2 comments on the Business Pulse of Skagit County story from Nov 5, 2009, titled Cause of Arlington strip mall fire unknown. In it, Business Pulse of Skagit County reports that:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the cause of Monday's two-alarm fire at Smoky Point Plaza near Arlington remains undetermined.

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Questioning Motives

Lynnwood, WA

#1 Nov 13, 2009
When I first heard of the fire that decimated the pawn shop, my first gut reaction was "Who lit it?". I have been a loyal customer for some time and have witmessed them arguing amongst themselves on a number of occasions about money, other tenants and high rent rates. There have been rumors about them removing items from the store as early as a week prior to the fire. This begs to question...Where did these items go? What will happen to the unsuspecting people who entrusted them (the pawn shop) with their items? Will they be reimbursed for the actual value of the items or only for the dollar amount they were loaned?
Amanda

Lynnwood, WA

#2 Nov 19, 2009
I spoke with the owners best friend Amy who owns Hot Tans in Smokey Point and who is the person that is collecting all pawn slips for the owner and she states that the owner is going to reimburse everyone that has lost items or exchange it for a like kind at or close to the same value. The ones who had jewelry in there, like myself, are okay and the jewelry is fine and will be dealt out to the customers as soon as the insurance company and attorney lets them. I havent heard anything further since a week ago.
The owners Soun Whitaker and Sun Whang, both or one own a couple different Pawn Shops. One in Mount Vernon and I believe one in Bellingham, which I am still investigating and one in Federal Way and also they own a couple other different businesses. Soun Whitakers ex husband owns the Arlington Shooting Range and a couple other businesses that they started together. I know I better hear something soon or our family attorney will be getting involved.

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