The Seattle Fire Department will be conducting arson patrols and distributing arson prevention information in response to recent arsons in the Greenwood neighborhood.
Two fires occurred early this morning that fire investigators believe were started by the same person. The first fire was set on the back porch of a business at 3:43 a.m. at 300 Northwest 85th Street. Neighbors used fire extinguishers to help contain the fire until firefighters arrived. The fire did not extend to the business and there were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $5,000. Shortly afterwards, at 4:11 a.m. firefighters responded to a fire at North 84th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. This fire was set between two buildings and damaged the exteriors of both buildings. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $20,000.
On October 23, a fire was set in the Green Bean coffee house that burned three other businesses and caused $2 million in damages. Investigators are working to determine whether this fire is connected to this morning’s fires.
Anyone with information that may be related to arson can call the Arson Alarm Hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON. A reward may be provided for an arson conviction. For any suspicious activity taking place, please call 911.