The early-Saturday fires in West Seattle are not believed to be related to other recent arsons in the neighborhood.
Seattle police say two intentionally set fires in West Seattle early Saturday are not believed to be related to a recent string of arsons in the neighborhood.
Arson detectives were dispatched to California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Oregon Street at 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a Dumpster fire was reported. Firefighters put out that fire.
Meanwhile, witnesses called 911 to report another Dumpster fire a block away, along the 4300 block of Southwest Alaska Street.
Witnesses said they saw someone leave the alley where the second fire occurred. Witnesses reported seeing a 20-year old man with a slight build, wearing a red and gray sweatshirt. Surveillance images that police released Saturday show someone fitting that description.
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The area has been hit with a spate of recent arsons. Seattle police and investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are looking into other arsons set over the past several weeks in the High Point neighborhood.
In those incidents, two cars were set on fire in the 2700 block of Southwest Sylvan Heights just before dawn on Oct. 18. Less than 24 hours later, at 3:30 a.m., officers and firefighters had to fight a fire in an entryway of a commercial building in the 6500 block of 35th Avenue Southwest. They were back again that same afternoon, when flames were seen at the same spot. It wasn’t immediately known if the second fire in the same place was a flare-up from the earlier blaze.
No injuries have been reported in connection with any of the incidents.