Bellevue police are investigating two brush fires that were intentionally set in the same grassy field this week.

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Bellevue police are investigating two brush fires that were intentionally set in the same grassy field this week.

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Each fire started around 8 p.m. — on Monday and Tuesday — in the 700 block of 148th Avenue Southeast. In both cases, firefighters quickly extinguished the fires, no one was injured and no property was threatened, said Bellevue fire Lt. Bruce Kroon.

On Monday, the flames spread over about 10,000 square feet and on Tuesday, the fire spread about 7,500 square feet.

Investigators ruled both fires arson, though they don’t know how the fires were set, Kroon said. The land is vacant, and too far from a street for the fire to have been accidental, he said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-274-6313.


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Bond refinance will trim Northshore taxes

The Northshore School District is expected to save more than $8.4 million by refinancing outstanding bonds.

The decision this week will have no bearing on the district’s budget, which is likely to see cuts this year. Instead, the money will go back to residents in the form of reduced taxes. Last year, the district saved taxpayers $4.6 million by refinancing bonds and restructuring escrow accounts.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau