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Oct 06

Arson Alarm

The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department are warning of an uptick in intentionally set fires in Seattle's Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods. Seattle fire said seven fires were set on Oct. 2. They said most of the fires occurred during the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. The fires include five rubbish or dumpster fires, an electric scooter fire, and a fire at a business in the 1000 block of S. Jackson St. that is closed and undergoing remodeling. Investigators with Seattle fire and SPD's Arson and Bomb Squad said they are not releasing any additional information on the fires while they conduct the investigation. SFD and SPD are urging the public to call 911 if they see someone setting a fire. read more

Sep 22

Arson Alarm

This weekend, a surprising amount of arrests were made for arson and intentionally set fires - including one where investigators say a man tried to set a house on fire with his family and deputies inside. Public Information Officer Casey Schilperoort says he can't even count on one hand how many arson fires there has been since he's been with the Sheriff's Department. However, there were three arrests this past weekend. On Sunday, deputies say a 62-year-old man in Sunnyside got into an argument with his mom and sister. Then, they say when deputies responded, he walked out and used lighter fluid to set fires all the way around the house, with his mom, sister, and officers still inside. Fortunately, officers say they were able to put out the fires with a water hose. read more

Sep 22

Arson Alarm

Seattle Police are investigating after they say at least four fires were intentionally set in the U-District Sunday night. The Seattle Fire Department responded to four fires around 10:15 p.m. Two fires were set near the intersection of 8th Ave. NE and NE 42nd Street. One fire was started in a dumpster and the other was started when someone set a couch on fire. There were two rubbish fires on NE 40th St., one at the 9th Ave NE intersection and the other at the 7th Ave. NE intersection. Much of this area is student housing. It does not appear that anyone was hurt or that any property was severely damaged. It's unclear if one person set these fires or if several people were involved. Seattle Police are continuing their investigation and have not released any suspect information. read more

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