The business was behind in rent payments and faced eviction at the end of the month.
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He was charged with suspicion of 1st degree arson and released about 30 minutes later.
Hoffman said 4 persons were reportedly in the residence at the time of the fire.
The source of the smoke was determined to be a "fire of suspicious origin."
The Fire Marshal's Office advises to continue to use extreme caution with outdoor fires since vegetation is still recovering from the long stretch of dry weather and is susceptible to fire spread.
The announcement marks a return to backyard campfires while continuing to restrict burning of yard debris and other outside fires.
Unincorporated areas in Whatcom County and Lummi Island continue to be under Stage 2 burn bans.
Effective immediately: All outdoor burning is prohibited including yard debris fires, land clearing fires and recreational fires.
The Stage 1 burn ban continues for now but may be lifted at 8am on October 1st.