1 person arrested after 5 intentionally started fires in Central District

A 27-year-old man suspected of intentionally starting five fires in the Central District on Monday has been arrested, according to the Seattle Fire and Police Department.

The fires were started between 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Monday, firefighters said, each involving nearby combustible materials. No injuries were reported.

Police and firefighters intervened for the first time in a house in block 600 of 37e Avenue where a fire was started in the front of the house and in the back stairwell using chopped firewood, patio furniture and a propane grill, the service said. fire.

After responding, authorities received several more reports of fires in the area, according to the police.

A small fire was started outside a home in the 3400 block of East Terrace Street, the fire department said, adding it was put out by the resident.

The third and fourth fires were started outside homes in Block 500 of 31st Avenue, according to firefighters. One involved combustible materials at the back of a house and the other involved patio furniture near the front entrance of another house.

The fifth was placed in the 500 block of 30e Avenue, where patio cushions stacked near the back of a home were set on fire, firefighters said.

Fire investigators determined the fires were started intentionally, according to fire department spokesman David Cuerpo, and Seattle police are leading the arson investigation.

Following these fires, Seattle Fire shared these tips to reduce the risk of arson:

Excluding homes and businesses:

  • Clean up waste paper, grass, weeds, litter and anything that can burn around buildings.
  • Clear carports of all combustibles.
  • Keep dumpsters, recycling bins and yard waste containers at least 5 feet from walls and eave lines. Keep them in a secure area, if possible, and avoid letting them overfill.
  • Place locks on commercial dumpsters or keep them in a secure area. Locks may be available from your service provider. Use only metal or metal-lined containers. (Residential customers can call Seattle Public Utilities at 206-684-7665 to arrange delivery and installation of locks for recycling and trash cans.)
  • Trim shrubs from doors and windows to improve visibility.
  • Install outdoor motion sensor lights or consider leaving the lights on.
  • Secure gas grills or disconnect the propane tank and place it inside your garage.

On the inside homes and businesses:

  • For businesses, check fire and life safety systems, including fire extinguishers, to make sure they are working and up to code.
  • For homeowners, test smoke alarms to make sure they work.
  • Develop and practice a fire escape plan. Make sure this includes knowing all the outings and a meeting place.
  • If you have a fire extinguisher, know where it is and how to use it.
  • Keep exits clear of objects that could impede evacuation efforts.

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