Two men were burned, one of them critically, in a fire in a rented house in Kirkland's Houghton neighborhood Friday.

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Two men were burned, one of them critically, in a fire in a rented house in Kirkland’s Houghton neighborhood Friday.

The blaze was reported at 1:16 a.m., said Robin Paster, Kirkland Fire Department public-information officer, and was contained to the structure at 11113 N.E. 69th St.

Friends of the victims said the men were from the Kirkland and Redmond areas, had lived there about a year and were both in their 20s. They declined to give their names, and no official identification was available.

One victim was taken to Overlake Hospital and released, said Paster. The second was in the intensive-care unit at Harborview Medical Center, she said, but because of privacy laws, no information about his condition could be provided.


Trial date set in beating death

A Jan. 4 trial date has been set for three people charged in the beating death of a man in the Crossroads area Oct. 1.

Anasticio Diaz-Alvares, 43, died after being beaten with sticks following a party.

King County Superior Court Judge Ronald Kessler also set a Dec. 16 date for a status conference on the charges.

Kevin Alfonso Pineda, 16, is charged as an adult with second-degree murder in the case. Jesus Rodriguez-Castillo, 31, is charged with second-degree assault. Jose Delacruz-Perez, 19, is charged with intimidating a witness.


Information sought in building-site fires

The Bothell police and fire departments are looking for information on two arsons that caused more than $100,000 damage to construction equipment in November.

One fire took place about 7:50 p.m. Nov. 25 at a construction site in the 19700 block of the Bothell-Everett Highway, where two pieces of equipment were set on fire. The second blaze took place about 7:50 p.m. Nov. 29 at a construction site in the 23300 block of Fitzgerald Road in the Snohomish County area of Bothell, where one piece of heavy construction equipment was set on fire.

Investigators don’t know if the incidents are connected, and there are no suspects or leads at this point, said Capt. Denise Langford.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Bothell Police Department tip line at 425-487-5551. Anonymous information may be left on the city Web site at by following links to the Police Department.


Homeless camp rules protested

A group of people from Seattle-area churches held a candlelight vigil outside Bellevue City Hall Friday to protest the city’s restrictions on homeless camps.

It was the second vigil in the past two weeks by the Church Council of Greater Seattle, and part of a series of daily vigils the group plans outside Bellevue City Hall through Jan. 13.

Tent City 4 moved to Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue last month, and the church council says the city’s camp restrictions, such as length of stay and number of people, are too strict.