KOMO News, Seattle, WA. - A Sedro-Woolley man accused of setting a fire outside a Capitol Hill nightclub while dozens of people were inside appeared in federal court Friday. The Department of Justice says 24-year-old Kalvinn Jay Garcia has been charged with arson in connection to a fire at Queer/Bar, a nightclub and event space in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. According to court documents, Garcia was seen on surveillance video in the alley behind the nightclub setting a dumpster that was against the building on fire. The nightclub is across the alley from the Seattle Police East Precinct and Garcia was arrested a short distance from the area. There were more than 50 people in the club and its event room at the time of the fire. The blaze scorched the exterior of the building and forced the club to cancel several planned events. Garcia was originally charged in the King County Superior Court with arson and a hate crime. He was released from jail because of COVID-19 restrictions. He is now in federal custody. Arson is punishable by a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Seattle Police Department.
Sedro-Wooley man charged with arson at Capitol Hill nightclub
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