August 7—A Seattle Fire Investigator determined an August 7th fire at the Georgetown Playfield was intentionally set.
At 2:16 a.m., the Fire Alarm Center received multiple 911 calls reporting flames coming from a park at the corner of S. Findlay Street and 7th Avenue South in the Georgetown neighborhood. When Engine Company 27 arrived, they found a full-involved picnic shelter and extinguished the flames.
A Seattle Fire Investigator determined available combustible materials were ignited causing a picnic table fire to extend to the wooden roof and trusses. The damage estimate was $20,000.
The Seattle Police Department Arson Bomb Squad is investigating.
Arson is a crime that can happen at any time, any day of the year. Individuals can make a difference in preventing these fires. The following tips will help you prevent a fire from occurring around your home or business this summer.
• Clean up wastepaper, long grass, weeds, litter, or anything that can burn from around your home or business.
• Remove dead plants or bushes as soon as possible.
• Leave your indoor and outdoor lighting on during hours of darkness.
• Consider installing devices that automatically turn on outdoor lights when they sense darkness or movement outside your home or business.
• Report any information you believe may be related to arson to the Arson Alarm Hotline at 1-800-555-ARSON or call 9-1-1.