Police arrested a man early Wednesday morning who they believe went on an overnight arson spree in Seattle, setting 11 dumpsters and a car ablaze in five hours.
The 25-year-old man was arrested on investigation of reckless burning after the 12th fire, which was set shortly before 2 a.m. in a dumpster at Broadway and East Olive Way on Capitol Hill, according to Seattle police.
Transit security guards had “spotted him feeding combustibles into a burning trashcan,” according to a Seattle police blotter post.
Detectives have not conclusively linked the man to all the fires but are seeking witnesses and video surveillance that could help their investigation, according to the post.
The first dumpster fire was reported just after 9:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of Boylston Avenue. Soon after, firefighters were called to other dumpster fires in Pioneer Square, the Chinatown International District, First Hill and Capitol Hill, as well as a car fire near Yesler Terrace.
Seattle police are asking people to call the Arson and Bomb Unit at 206-684-8980 if they have relevant information or surveillance footage from the times and locations listed below:
- 9:17 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the 1200 block of Boylston Avenue
- 9:24 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the 1300 block of Seneca Street
- 9:29 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the 900 block of Madison Street
- 9:36 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the 800 block of Spring Street
- 9:41 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the 1000 block of Eighth Avenue
- 10:28 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the 200 block of First Avenue South
- 10:37 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Second Avenue South and South Jackson Street
- 10:38 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at South Main Street and South Post Alley
- 12:06 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10th Avenue East and East Jefferson Street
- 12:34 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the 100 block of 11th Avenue
- 12:38 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the 100 block of 11th Avenue
- 1:56 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Broadway and East Olive