Generational Hope’s box truck destroyed in arson

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The box truck used by Generational hope to make holiday food bank deliveries was destroyed in an arson during the late hours on Nov. 21, 2016.

Another vehicle was found a few hours later about two mile away was also torched.

A neighbor of the church said that transients had been living on the property and that one person had been living near the van that caught fire.

Neighbor Jeff Holden told KIRO 7 he saw flames as high as 30 feet shoot from the burning vehicle starting at about 2 a.m.

The church uses the van for ministry purposes to deliver items such as food and clothing.

“We use it all the time. To help people move, delivering food and really just use it because there’s a lot of need out there,” said Pastor Justin Garland.

Garland said the fire put their food bank deliveries during the holidays at risk.


“I think (it’s) more just the feeling that someone would potentially do this is pretty sickening, but we have a lot to be thankful for, for sure,” said Garland.


Meanwhile, the second vehicle fire in Maple Valley burned a truck. Neighbors told KIRO 7 they heard an explosion and then a truck erupted into flames outside a home.

Fire investigators said they don’t know if arson is to blame for that fire and it’s too soon to say if it’s connected to the church truck fire.

Information and photo taken from Kiro7 news article.