KOMO NEWS, SEATTLE, WA -- The city is on track to set a record for the number of homeless encampment fires that have been reported this year, an accomplishment that few people are proud of. According to city data, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 520 fires in homeless encampments in 2019, a figure that rose to 825 in 2020. But city fire crews have responded to 738 blazes so far this year, with four-and-a-half months to go until year’s end. Seattle firefighters were called Thursday morning to battle a blaze at the crowded homeless camp at the busy corner of Dexter Avenue and Mercer Street in South Lake Union. There were no injuries but the fire destroyed a large tent. The tent’s owner, a man named Shaun who lives at the camp, said the fire was deliberately set. “Somebody lit it on fire (because) they were going after someone else,” he said, calling it a case of mistaken identity. “Now, I don’t have anything.” The encampment has seen its share of violence and fires since tents started appearing in April 2020, owners of neighboring businesses said. “They’ve set both our dumpsters on fire,” said Dennis Allen of Glazer’s Camera Rentals. There have been a recent rash of encampment fires in Seattle. For more details on the fires and video, visit KOMO NEWS.
Seattle nears record number of fires set at homeless camps this year
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