FOLLOWUP: Charges filed in West Seattle arson

(SFD photo, August 7th)

Another set of charges filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reveals new information about the West Seattle house fire on August 7th. SFD ruled the fire in the 2600 block of 39th SW was arson, and we now learn the suspected arsonist has been in jail since the day after the fire. 27-year-old Bert A. Dailing of Tukwila was arrested August 8th for five arsons in the Central District, and has been charged in those cases. Now prosecutors have announced he was also charged in the West Seattle fire. Dailing is charged with four felonies in the West Seattle case, all labeled as domestic violence – two counts of first-degree arson and two counts of violating a court order. According to the charging documents, a former girlfriend of Dailing was staying at the house, where he “arrived unexpectedly.” His ex-partner “reluctantly let him in to use the bathroom” – then after Dailing left, she discovered he’d set a small fire in the bathroom, which she put out herself and reported to police. Later he came back, demanded again to be let in, was not, and allegedly set the porch on fire – the flames spread and gutted the house; the victim got out safely (the homeowner was not there at the time). Prosecutors say a neighbor’s security camera shows Dailing “coming and going” at the time of the fire. According to prosecutors, less than two weeks earlier, he was released from a Snohomish County jail after being sentenced for a case of malicious mischief involving the same ex-partner, and a protection order was put in place at that time. He has convictions for domestic violence involving two other people; police say he did not know the people whose Central District homes he set fires at. Dailing’s bail is set at $1 million and he’s due in court tomorrow for arraignment in the West Seattle case.

8 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Charges filed in West Seattle arson"

  • Carson August 25, 2022 (6:15 am)

    Dailing was the same person who was prowling area homes just down the street the night before. There is a snapshot of the video I have of him. We followed him around at a safe distance as he cased out homes. ID is positive. It’s unfortunate SPD failed to respond to our call, this all could have been avoided. 

    • WSlite August 25, 2022 (9:08 am)

      Don’t think this would’ve been avoided if SPD responded to your call. What do you think would have happened if they did? Guy had to commit a crime for something to happen to him. This has to do with justice system keeping this guy behind bars for crimes committed. The justice system is too soft on criminals releasing them just to commit the same crime again. Ridiculous.

  • Chelsea hendrickson August 25, 2022 (11:21 am)

    Yeah it’s really easy for anybody to get on the internet and talk down on somebody, point out people’s flaws, to dehumanize somebody, etc. Anybody can do that. I can do that right now but guess what I choose not to I’m on here to let anybody and everybody know that that’s my baby brother he is a good man keywords , he is a Sundancer, he is in Northern Arapahoe man, he is a Cup’iq man, he is a Lummi man, he is a brother, he is a son, he’s a grandson, he is a cousin, he is a Uncle, and most importantly he is a human being. Just like any story this one has more to it. I just left today’s court hearing and the vibe I got from the judge from Como news from everybody in that courtroom that they didn’t see my brother as a human being they highlighted and pointed out all his flaws but didn’t say nothing about his character didn’t say nothing about the time he served, said nothing about the years he’s been clean, about the good,they highlighted everything wrong about him and his actions The vibe I get is that they want to put this young man this young Native man in jail and throw away the key that’s what I’m getting from a lot of you commenters, all you trolls, a lot of people that I see on the internet, etc.Like I said it’s really easy to get on here and type real hard. Just type your heart out I don’t want to see nobody commenting on this post if you are actively checking your white privilege at the door and any scenario that you enter, you’re not actively paying real rent to the dwamish tribe if you’re not a native person, don’t get on here talking crazy about my brother you don’t know him you don’t know what happened you weren’t there. Once you pay some real rent then you get up on here and talk stupid till then I don’t want see itI’m very familiar with the local media, the criminal justice system, &King County court system believe me this feels all too familiar sitting in that courtroom watching watching my baby brother get you know dehumanized in front of me to it’s a flashback to 21 years ago and my auntie was not same courtroom facing the same same type of energy the same type of people nothing has changed but don’t nobody want to talk about that right I still want to get on here and talk stupid like you know what you’re talking about all right I’m going to let y’all go cuz you don’t want me to keep going on here cuz I go all day regardless bird dealing is my brother I will have his back to the day I die and I’m not going to let that Court the criminal justice system the media anybody dehumanize him I’m going to be right here every step of the way having his back and guess what y’all pissed off the wrong big sister Courts 

    • dwg August 25, 2022 (2:17 pm)

      Chelsea, yes or no, do you think your brother burned down those homes?

    • flimflam August 25, 2022 (3:36 pm)

      Chelsea, I have to respectfully say, give me a break.

    • Grace September 2, 2022 (10:58 am)

      Oh, please. Are you aware that an Apache man lived at one of the homes he tried to burn down? A man who is loved, who does not harm others, who does not commit violent offenses against intimate partners? A husband, a son, a “dad” to three sweet little animals who were in one of the homes your precious brother almost burned to the ground? Clean? F—ing try again. He admitted to officers that he smoked meth that night, and there’s video of his a– chugging a bottle of wine at the Madrona market.Funny that a judge in Wyoming placed his a– here in Seattle because he supposedly has a support system here, but where the hell were you that night? Where was your mom? Or your other brother? PLEASE spare me the sob story. This guy is a f—ing monster, has been in and out of jail sinxe he was 18 (and I assume before then, but juvenile records are almost always sealed), and tried to kill about a dozen people in one night. He told police investigators if they hadn’t caught him, he “probably had one more.” I was in the courtroom that day at his arraignment, and you’re lying through your teeth about what was said about him, unless you were at the one on the 23rd, since he’s got a pile of violent felonies and there was more than one arraignment. At the hearing I attended, they read the charges, his representation pled not guilty, and that was it. KOMO wasn’t allowed to film him from the neck up for *his* privacy and safety, lmao. Also, he was flashing hand signs when he entered the court room and at one point even pulled his mask down to try to mouth something at the Zoom camera. So yeah, again, spare me this crap. 

  • Chelsea hendrickson August 25, 2022 (11:26 am)

    Using speech to text disregard typosThat’s my Ted talk for the day y’all I’m out if you got something you want to say or converse with me about 

  • OneTimeCharley August 25, 2022 (4:59 pm)

    I’ll paste my comment here for everyone to see, thank you. Chelsea, you’re Brother will get his day in court, including legal representation, the presumption of innocence, and the right to appeal the verdict; all heard before a jury of his peers. This is the same thing that any of us would receive; no more, no less. Claiming he is being treated in a discriminatory way is untrue unless you show specific evidence backing up such a claim.

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